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The botany of desire : a plant's-eye view of the world

Author: Michael Pollan
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Random House trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Focusing on the human relationship with plants, the author of Second nature uses botany to explore four basic human desires, sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control, through portraits of four plants that embody them, the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato. Every school child learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers; the bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Pollan
ISBN: 0375760393 9780375760396
OCLC Number: 49803415
Description: xxv, 271 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Desire : sweetness, plant : the apple (Malus domestica) --
Desire : beauty, plant : the tulip (Tulipa) --
Desire : intoxication, plant : marijuana (Cannabis sativa x indica) --
Desire : control, plant : the potato (Solanum tuberosum).
Responsibility: Michael Pollan.
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Focusing on the human relationship with plants, the author of Second nature uses botany to explore four basic human desires, sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control, through portraits of four plants that embody them, the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato. Every school child 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. In telling the stories of four familiar species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind's most basic yearnings. And just as we've benefited from these plants, the plants have done well by us. So who is really domesticating whom?

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