OSHR 1149 - Five Plants and a Fish that Changed the World

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

We think of history as being created by wars, significant people, governments, and natural disasters. This course posits that some significant aspects of human and environmental history have been created by five plants: quinine, sugarcane, cotton, potato, tea, and one fish: the cod. We will discuss who was involved in the discoveries and development of these resources, what they did, and why they did it. We will discuss what happened because of the actions of a few people and how many people benefited or suffered from the discovery and widespread use of "Oh - my, they’re just plants!"

Come along and think about your world view and what makes history.

Readings: Hobhouse, Henry, 2005, Seeds of Change: Six Plants that Transformed Mankind, ISBN: 13:978-1593760496, ISBN: 10:1593760493; Seeds of Wealth: Five Plants that Made Men Rich, ISBN-13: 978-1593760892, ISBN-10: 1593760892. Halwell, Brian, 2006, Cod - A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World, ISBN: 0 8027-1326-2. Catch of the Day- Choosing Seafood for Healthier Oceans, published by the Worldwatch Institute, Washington DC. Paper 172.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.