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In a centuries old tradition farmers in northwestern Iceland scour remote coastal plains for the down of nesting eider ducksHigh inside a vast cave in Borneo men perched atop rickety ladders collect swiftlets’ nests a delicacy believed to be a cure for almost anythingEiderdown and edible birds’ nests both are luxury products ultimately destined for the super rich To the rest of the world these materials are mere commodities but to the harvesters the. At a time when human consumption is threatening our very survival along with the survival of thousands of other species comes this book examining the strange histories and travels of several natural items from harvest to marketplace Possnet takes the reader on a fascinating sometimes sad journey through time and place This is a book to savor Recommended for those who enjoy natural and social history Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair review The Exploration of the Male Anatomy plains for the down of nesting eider ducksHigh inside a vast cave in Borneo men All Night Long (Nannies, products ultimately destined for the super rich To the rest of the world these materials are mere commodities but to the harvesters the. At a time when human consumption is threatening our very survival along with the survival of thousands of other species comes this book examining the strange histories and travels of several natural items from harvest to marketplace Possnet takes the reader on a fascinating sometimes sad journey through time and The Freeze-Frame Revolution publisher and Edelweiss for The New-York Review, and Atheneum Magazine, Vol. 2 providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair review

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Harvest by Edward Posnett

Y are all imbued with myth tradition folklore and ritual and form part of a shared identity and historyThese objects are two of the seven natural wonders whose stories Harvest tells eiderdown vicuña wool sea silk vegetable ivory civet coffee guano and edible birds’ nests Harvest follows their journey from the wildest parts of the planet traversing Iceland Indonesia and Peru to its urban centres drawing on the voices of the gatherers shearers and entr. Posnett s book brings the eighteenth century curiosity cabinet into the twenty first century as he traces the cultural histories of natural objects such as birds nests vicuna fiber and guano The Cursed Hole of the Shinoda Family parts of the Tusculan Disputations, I and Scipios Dream planet traversing Iceland Indonesia and Peru to its urban centres drawing on the voices of the gatherers shearers and entr. Posnett s book brings the eighteenth century curiosity cabinet into the twenty first century as he traces the cultural histories of natural objects such as birds nests vicuna fiber and guano

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Epreneurs who harvest process and trade themBlending interviews history and travel writing Harvest sets these human stories against our changing economic and ecological landscape What do they tell us about capitalism global market forces and overharvesting How does a local micro economy survive in a hyper connected world Harvest makes us see the world with wonder curiosity and new concern It is an original and magical new map of our world and its riches. Strange Harvests The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects by Edward Posnett is a very highly recommended fascinating look at seven uncommon natural productsIn a synthesis of travel writing history interviews and nature writing Strange Harvests is a captivating engaging and thought provoking adventure Posnett traces the current and historical use of seven precious natural objects from their historical origin to their harvesting for use These natural items include eiderdown swiftlet bird nests civet coffee sea silk vicu a fiber tagua and guano As Posnett points out Each object served an important purpose in the natural world yet its removal its harvest need not spell discomfort mutilation or death The book includes notes and an indexThe eider is a fat seabird penguin than duck that can be found nesting in Iceland today where they are a protected species Eiders don t naturally nest in large colonies but after years of co habitation they will congregate close to humans for shelter and protection when nesting They line their nests with eider down which can then be collected after the eider s leave If a harvester cares for the ducks will come to nest which in turn will increase the amount of eider to be harvested The coat of a vicu a is another incredibly soft insulating fiber that is treasured Vicu as roam in the Andean punawhich accounts for the development of their coat After facing extinction vicu as are now protected by the communities that have a stake in their survival with the reserve of Pampas Galeras at the forefront of the efforts The black nest Swiftlet makes nests that are edible and treasured by the Chinese The nests have been a major export commodity perhaps as far back as the T ang dynasty 618 907 During breeding season both male and female birds begin to retch and chew excreting small strands of a thick gelatinous substance from these modified salivary glands lying below their tongue This they spread in arched form across the cave wall inserting dark brown or black feathers from their plumage After thirty days the initial arch has grown to form a shallow cup into which the bird lays one egg These nests are made on the roof of caves and harvesting them is a physical challenge Recently harvesters have been making birdhouses to attract swiftlets to live in buildingsThe story of civet coffee or kopi luwak is as riveting as it is somewhat disgusting Civet musk has been collected and sold for years A recent development is collecting coffee beans after they have been eaten and excreted by civets and selling this as kopi luwak civet coffee The digestive enzymes are supposed to add a distinctive flavor to the coffee Along the same excremental lines guano has been collected off of some eighty islands off the coast of Peru These island receive little rain so the guano built up and accumulated to vast amounts of organic fertilizerThe tagua nut is from a palm Phytelephas found mostly in northwestern South America It is creamy white dense and smooth and its cellulose is arranged in concentric circles In the past it was discovered that the tagua nut could easily be carved into buttons figurines and toys Plastic has now replaced the market for tagua buttons but there is hope among botanists and development experts that if people learned they could make money for the harvest of nontimber forest products NTFPs it might induce forest conservationBivalve mollusks such as mussels clams scallops and pen shells produce silken threads known as byssus This sea silk or byssus is used as an anchor by the mollusks to tether themselves to the seafloor against the push and pull of the waves Underwater the beards look like brown moss full of algae and small shells but when cleaned and combed they appear to be golden threads commonly known as sea silk These threads have been prized for their shine and strangeness for nearly two thousand years Harvesting them is now prohibited Until October 2016 a weaver in Sardinia who called herself the Maestro Chiara Vigo ran the The Museum of Byssus and claimed a history of weaving that discounted others Now that the museum has been closed other women in Sant Antioco the descendants of the weavers from Italo Diana s school are exchange their stories and reclaiming their heritage Disclosure My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Publishing Grouphttpwwwshetreadssoftlycom20190 Mr. Francis Wife productsIn a synthesis of travel writing history interviews and nature writing Strange Harvests is a captivating engaging and thought The Shadow People provoking adventure Posnett traces the current and historical use of seven The Aliens Mate (Warriors of Luxiria, precious natural objects from their historical origin to their harvesting for use These natural items include eiderdown swiftlet bird nests civet coffee sea silk vicu a fiber tagua and guano As Posnett Degrees of Elevation points out Each object served an important Demons, Yes--But Thank God for Good Angels purpose in the natural world 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10 thoughts on “Harvest by Edward Posnett

  1. says:

    35 stars round up Strange Harvests The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects is a combination of two subjects I like nature and uirky less known history of our world The seven natural objects are eiderdown edible birds' nests civet coffee sea silk vicuna fiber tagua and guano The author wavers animal biology historical accounts and firsthand observations into a continuous narrative in which he contemplates the natu

  2. says:

    At a time when human consumption is threatening our very survival along with the survival of thousands of other species comes this book examining the strange histories and travels of several natural items from harvest to marketplace Possnet takes the reader on a fascinating sometimes sad journey through time and place This is a book to savor Recommended for those who enjoy natural and social history Thanks to the publish

  3. says:

    A book that makes you think and even Goggle a few things

  4. says:

    In Strange Harvests Edward Posnett investigates the ways that our relationship with nature has been broken by capitalism and uses a curiosity cabinet of natural objects to force his readers to look around their own homes and ask where from and by what processes they obtained the ordinary artifacts that make up their daily lives Posnett often refers to the Victorian uest genre and his work mimics it taking him

  5. says:

    The nature travelogue aspect of Strange Harvests is engaging but the angle that really made this book great is the analysi

  6. says:

    Posnett's book brings the eighteenth century curiosity cabinet into the twenty first century as he traces the c

  7. says:

    Lots of interesting facts contained herein but all I ever want to know with these books is did he get an advance and how did he pay to travel all around the work just to write these essays

  8. says:

    The first essay about Icelandic eiderdown was the strongest The rest were solid but it didn't seem to me that the author was as excited about the other topics as they were about the first one

  9. says:

    Strange Harvests The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects by Edward Posnett is a very highly recommended fascinating look at seven uncommon natural productsIn a synthesis of travel writing history interviews and nature writing Strange Harvests is a captivating engaging and thought provoking adventure Posnett traces t

  10. says:

    What do Eiderdown; Edible Birds Nests; Civet Coffee; Sea Silk; Vicuna fiber; Tagua nuts; and Guano all have in common? They are all the subject of Edward Posnett's investigation into each of these objectsHe goes into the biology of the animal that creates each of these commodities how history of how humans have