Insatiable appetite the united states and the ecological degradation of the tropical world concise revised edition exploring world history tucker richard on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers now in a concise edition created expressly for students and general readers this widely hailed study traces the transformation of the tropics in modern times. Of all the tropical crops sold on world markets the first in value is coffee by the 1960s coffee had the second highest value of any internationally traded commodity surpassed only by petroleum it is grown across hill regions throughout the tropical and subtropical world anywhere on the planet that does not suffer winter frosts. Insatiable appetite the united states and the ecological degradation of the tropical world by richard p tucker berkeley university of california press 2000 551 pp 4500 it is commonplace now for environmentalists to complain that americans do not know the origins of everyday consumer goods. Insatiable appetite is a rich and informative synthesis of ecological technological business and political history that explores the relationship between american markets for tropical goods and ecological degradation in the tropical world richard tuckers deliberate use of the term degradation rather than an apparently more neutral . In the late 1800s american entrepreneurs became participants in the 400 year history of european economic and ecological hegemony in the tropics beginning as buyers in the tropical ports of the atlantic and pacific they evolved into land speculators controlling and managing the areas where tropical crops were grown for carefully fostered consumer markets at home
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