10 Plants That Shook The World

Year Published: 2013
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Status: In Print
Grade Level: Ages 10-12
Other Categories: Ethnobotany, Non Fiction

Dig up the amazing stories of the plants that have transformed our lives.

Plants might start out as leafy things growing in the earth, but they can come into our lives in unexpected ways. And believe it or not, some have even played an exciting role in our world's history. Discover how:
Countries went to war to control trade centers for pepper
A grass called papyrus became the first effective tool for sharing knowledge through writing
Europeans in the 1600s cut down rainforests to grow sugar, contributing to soil erosion
Cotton improved the livelihoods of a few, but caused unthinkable suffering for many more
Corn fueled new technologies and turns up in thousands of everyday products
The discovery of rubber revolutionized transportation, making bike and car tires possible
Tea and chocolate became big business, and the race for profits was on
Dependence on the potato caused one of the greatest tragedies in history, while the bark of the cinchona tree saved countless lives from malaria.


The ten plants in this book are the source of profound changes in the world, both good and bad. Through vibrant illustrations and astonishing facts, you'll discover that without them, our lives today would be vastly different.

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