Agriculture and Farming
The Beekeeper's Bible
Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home Uses
Hardcover ISBN: 1584799188
The Beekeeper’s Bible is as much an ultimate guide to the practical essentials of beekeeping as it is a beautiful almanac to be read from cover to cover. Part history book, part handbook, and part cookbook, this illustrated tome covers every facet of the ancient hobby of beekeeping, from how to manage hives safely to harvesting one's own honey, and ideas for how to use honey and beeswax. Detailed instructions for making candles, furniture polish, beauty products, and nearly 100 honey-themed recipes are included. Fully illustrated with how-to photography and unique etchings, any backyard enthusiast or gardener can confidently dive into beekeeping with this book in hand (or daydream about harvesting their own honey while relaxing in the comfort of an armchair).
The Brave New World of Industrial Farming
Paperback ISBN: 0771045964
You are what you eat, but do you know what is in the food you’re eating – or how it’s grown? Chicken, corn, potatoes, a slice of bread, and a glass of milk. Where does a meal like this come from? Who and what is involved in getting it to your table? Most Canadians don’t know – and will be shocked to find out that, while we were snacking, farming has been transformed. Today, once-independent farmers work on contract for huge food corporations, growing genetically modified food in soil saturated with chemicals. Farming is big business and has become a matter of world trade regulations that favour global corporations. Laidlaw, in investigating the state of modern farming, uncovers many shocking practices, from pesticide use so severe it causes massive fish kills in PEI rivers to the transformation of small prairie abattoirs into vast, industrial slaughterhouses dependent on minimum-wage immigrant workers. Secret Ingredients brings a whole new dimension to the age-old question of what to have for dinner tonight.
Farm Families and the Ecology of Intensive, Sustainable Agriculture
Paperback ISBN: 0804721025
Contrasting the prevailing theories of the evolution of agriculture, the author argues that the practice of smallholding is more efficient and less environmentally degrading than that of industrial agriculture which depends heavily on fossil fuel, chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. He presents a convincing case for his argument with examples taken from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, and demonstrates that there are fundamental commonalities among smallholder cultures. "Smallholders, Householders" is a detailed and innovative analysis of the agricultural efficiency and conservation of resources practiced around the world by smallholders.
Against the Grain
How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization
Hardcover ISBN: 0865476225
The author of Last Stand and Grassland argues that agriculture has enslaved humanity rather than set it free, revealing the limitations placed on humanity by the domestication of plants and animals. 75,000 first printing.
A True Story of Cops, Con Men, and the Smuggling of America's Strangest Wildlife
Paperback ISBN: 0061537144
A unique blend of natural history and crime drama, Shell Games by Craig Welch is a riveting tale of rogues, scoundrels, and the hunt for natures bounty in the tradition of The Orchid Thief. A stranger-than-fiction true story centered around a larger-than-life character who pursued a larger-than-life clamthe Geoduckand then led wildlife police on a two-year-long chase, Shell Games is enthralling and remarkable from page one on.
The Secret Life Of Lobsters
How Fishermen And Scientists Are Unraveling The Mysteries Of Our Favorite Crustacean
Paperback ISBN: 0060555599
A social, economic, and biological portrait of the lobster also follows the stories of an island lobstering community and an eccentric band of renegade biologists, in a seafaring odyssey that discusses the crustacean's adventurous life cycle while conveying the sensations of nautical life, predatory survival, and melted butter. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.