Nature Underfoot Living with Beetles, Crabgrass, Fruit Flies, and Other Tiny Life around Us John Hainze, Angela Mele

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
14 Apr 2020
ISBN:
9780300242782
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
272 pages: 210 x 140mm
Illustrations:
9 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
world

Fruit flies, silverfish, dandelions, and crabgrass are the bane of many people and the target of numerous chemical and physical eradication efforts. In this compelling reassessment of the relationship between humans and the natural world, John Hainze—an entomologist and former pesticide developer—considers the fascinating and bizarre history of how these so-called invasive or unwanted pests and weeds have coevolved with humanity and highlights the benefits of a greater respect and moral consideration toward these organisms.
 
With deep insight into the lives of the underappreciated and often reviled creatures that surround us, Hainze’s accessible and engaging natural history draws on ethics, religion, and philosophy as he passionately argues that creepy crawlies and unwanted plants deserve both empathy and accommodation as partners dwelling with us on Earth.

John Hainze is an entomologist and ethicist. He is an affiliate at the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University, and president of BioOpus LLC. He lives in Seattle, WA.