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

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

Michael Pollan

The ebook that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling writer of Cooked and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of the main relied on nutrients specialists in America

Every schoolchild learns in regards to the together useful dance of honeybees and vegetation: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, within the method, spreads the flora’ genes all over the place. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how humans and domesticated vegetation have shaped a equally reciprocal dating. He masterfully hyperlinks 4 primary human desires—sweetness, good looks, intoxication, and control—with the crops that fulfill them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. In telling the tales of 4 generic species, Pollan illustrates how the crops have advanced to meet humankind’s most simple yearnings. And simply as we’ve benefited from those crops, we have now additionally performed good via them. So who's fairly domesticating whom?

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