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Insatiable Appetite: The United States and the Ecological Degradation of the Tropical World

Richard Tucker

Abstract

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. As corporate agro-industry emerged, the speculators took direct control of the ecological destinies of many tropical lands. Supported by the U.S. government's diplomatic and military protection, they migrated and built private empi ... More

Keywords: United States, ecological degradation, agro-industry, tropics, sugar, bananas, coffee, rubber, beef, timber

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520220874
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520220874.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Tucker, author