551 pages, Maps
Tucker graphically illustrates his study with six major crops, each a virtual empire in itself - sugar, bananas, coffee, rubber, beef, and timber. He concludes that as long as corporate-dominated free trade is ascendant, paying little heed to its long-term ecological consequences, the health of the tropical world is gravely endangered.
`This is a fascinating book. Tucker draws together an amazing amount of material to demonstrate how the US, through exploitation, consumption, and demand over the past several centuries, has had a major impact on the ecology of tropical landscapes. It is a sobering, much-needed wake-up call to those who view the tropics as an endless cornucopia of resources.' Charles M. Peters, The New York Botanical Garden
This carefully researched book traces the history of the transformation of the tropics over the last 200 years, and the declining biodiversity that has resulted from the domestication of widely varied natural systems. . . . There is much to be studied and thought about in this detailed and superbly researched book.--"International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology
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