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The Botany of Desire A Plant's Eye View of the World eBook

Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and in the process spreads the flowers’ genes far and wide In The Botany of Desire Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship He masterfully links four fundamental human desires—sweetness beauty intoxication and control—with the plants that satisfy them the apple the tulip marijuana and the potato In telling the stories of four familiar species Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind’s most basic yearnings And just as we’ve benefited from these plants we have also done well by them So who is really domesticating whom?


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    I love books that open my eyes teach me something and even go so far as to re educate me on the fallacies foisted upon me by ill informed elementary school teachers To that last end I found the chapter on Johnny Appleseed very enlightening as well as highly entertaining Michael Pollan is humorous and let's just say adventurous than one might expect from a journalistbotanist see his passages on hallucinogenic plants I appreciate his willingness to go first in the same way I tip my hat to daring bastard who first tried say lobster I assume it went down like this What's this? A giant saltwater armor clad cockroach? Definitely looks poisonousFuck it I'm hungry Trying new unknown food must have been done on a dare or at least with starvation lurking close at hand Farmers on any scale will enjoy and find use in The Botany of Desire As a pallid yellow thumb aspiring to green I know I learned a few things For one I've finally transitioned over to organic apples I don't know who would eat another kind after reading this book Why with the chemicals already? Good lord