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The Profit of the EarthThe Global Seeds of American Agriculture$
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Courtney Fullilove

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226454863

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226455051.001.0001

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Field Notes “Local Knowledge”

Field Notes “Local Knowledge”

What the Pastoralist Knew

(p.89) Field Notes “Local Knowledge”
The Profit of the Earth

Courtney Fullilove

University of Chicago Press

Contemporary development and preservation projects may proceed more cautiously than nineteenth-century ones, mindful of imperial legacies and histories of error. Yet in their attempts to cultivate awareness of local ecosystems and environmental knowledge, they face persistent challenges. What is a useful plant? Collectors may have different interests than the farmers from whom they collect. To whose services are plant genetic resources amassed and deployed? Moreover, environmental knowledge is no more stable than the environment itself. Rather, it moves and changes along with the people who steward it, who may face environmental, political, or economic crisis....

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