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University of California Press

Wilted, 6: Pathogens, Chemicals, and the Fragile Future of the Strawberry Industry

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Title: Wilted, 6: Pathogens, Chemicals, and the Fragile Future of the Strawberry Industry
Author: Guthman, Julie
ISBN: 9780520305281
Publisher: University of California Press
Published: 2019
Binding: Quality
Language: English
Condition: Used: Fair
Reading copy with considerable wear. May have marking in text. Binding may be cracked; all pages present. Does not include dust jacket. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orde

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Publisher Description:
Strawberries are big business in California. They are the sixth-highest-grossing crop in the state, which produces 88 percent of the nation's favorite berry. Yet the industry is often criticized for its backbreaking labor conditions and dependence on highly toxic soil fumigants used to control fungal pathogens and other soilborne pests.

In Wilted, Julie Guthman tells the story of how the strawberry industry came to rely on soil fumigants, and how that reliance reverberated throughout the rest of the fruit's production system. The particular conditions of plants, soils, chemicals, climate, and laboring bodies that once made strawberry production so lucrative in the Golden State have now changed and become a set of related threats that jeopardize the future of the industry.