CONTENTS:- Origins of Agriculture; Foods from Leaves, Stems, and Roots; Forest Products: Wood and Cork; Fibres; Fruits of Warm Regions; Fruits of Temperate Regions; Medicinal Plants; Tanning and Dye Materials; Sugars and Starches; Industrial Plants: Rubber and other Latex Products; Beverages Plants and Beverages; Drugs abd Poisons from Plants; Gums and Resins Smoking Materials; Grains; Legumes; Fats and Oils; Essential Oils;
Animals have to depend directly or indirectly upon plants. Even increasing population sizes have been made us think about ways to feed large numbers of people, most of whom live under substandard conditions. At the same time, the natural or organic food movement has necessitated that individuals become educated consumers of plant products. As a consequence, interest in studying plants of actual or potential use in feeding, clothing, housing, and warming human kind has arisen. The present title provides a detailed coverage of the major uses of plants. To keep the text readable and relevant, efforts have been made to provide a balanced treatment of the plants discussed by including aspects of history, morphology, chemistry and modern usage.