Dangerous Harvest

Dangerous Harvest

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Throughout history almost all traditional indigenous societies have used psychoactive substances derived from plants in religious and healing rituals. Once such plants are adopted by outsiders for profane use, the often impoverished peasant farmers who grow them are faced with a life of extreme poverty or are lured by the prospect of a very lucrative cash crop with a steady market. Before long, their cultural and physical landscape is drastically altered. The purpose of this book is to explore this issue from a variety of perspectives, ranging from opium production in Afghanistan and Pakistan to peyote gardens in south Texas.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 157.5 x 238.8 x 27.9mm | 567g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0195143191
  • 9780195143195

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"Informative and well written...the reader cannot help but be impressed by what a powerful influence the international drug trade has had on international relations, political and military struggles, environmental health and security, and economic well-being in many contexts."--The Geographic Reviewshow more

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