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Publisher's Summary

Jailed as a scapegoat for Stalin's famines, Vavilov had traveled over five continents, collected hundreds of thousands of seeds in an effort to outline the ancient centers of agricultural diversity. Gary Paul Nabhan weaves together Vavilov's story with his own expeditions to Earth's richest agricultural landscapes and the cultures that tend them.
©2008 Island Press (P)2009 Island Press
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By Janet Pittman Henley on 03-03-11

Fascinating history & cautionary tale for our time

I loved this book and have listened to it twice! Concerned about food security, I appreciated its clearly stated information about biodiversity, which the author wove into a real life hero tale and travel story.
I chose the book, in part, because Barbara Kingsolver mentioned, in "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," that Paul Nabhan was a family friend. Also, the book received an average of 5 stars from reviewers at Amazon. I was sure "Where Our Food Comes From" would hold my interest, and it did.
If you want to skip the long introduction by K.B. Wilson of the Christensen Fund, advance your player to 31 minutes and 50 seconds into the program.
As an aside, I so much enjoyed the novel "City of Thieves," set in the Siege of Leningrad, that listening to it probably primed me to appreciate this true story!

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By BookSurfer on 01-23-16

Narrarator is unbearable.This is not a kids book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Content yes! No, if they have alternatives to listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Where our Food Comes From?

Struggling to get past the narrators inappropriate singsong

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