[The Botany of Desire: A Plant's–Eye View of the World] E–pub ß Michael Pollan


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    Read The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World [The Botany of Desire: A Plant's–Eye View of the World] E–pub ß Michael Pollan 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 w

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    [The Botany of Desire: A Plant's–Eye View of the World] E–pub ß Michael Pollan Download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Michael Pollan Michael Pollan » 4 Read & Download All those plants care about is what every being cares about on the most basic genetic level making copies of itselfDid I choose to plant these potatoes or did the potato make me do itAll these plants which I'd always regarded as the objects of

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    [The Botany of Desire: A Plant's–Eye View of the World] E–pub ß Michael Pollan Okay okay books by Michael Pollan are clearly a fad right now but I have bought into it whole heartedly He is an amazing amazing writer he makes me want to plant a garden to tour his garden his bedroom what to only eat organic food and to find out the story and origin of every morsel of food I put in my body But he does it in a way that isn't overly preachy or agenda driven Instead he lets you get what he is saying while at the same time t

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    [The Botany of Desire: A Plant's–Eye View of the World] E–pub ß Michael Pollan Michael Pollan » 4 Read & Download Read The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World The Botany of Desire A Plant's Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan introduces the possibility to the reader that plants are using insects animals and humans to ensure their own survival An interesting book abo

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    Michael Pollan » 4 Read & Download Download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Michael Pollan Read The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World 4 🍎 🌷 🍁 🥔 What no cannabis leaf emoji Leave it to Canada to provide a maple leaf stand inSweetness — Beauty — Intoxication — ControlSex — Loveliness — Desire — HungerIn 4 parts on a grand botanical scale and the perfec

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    Read The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World Download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Michael Pollan Michael Pollan » 4 Read & Download In East Asian cultures – according to my increasingly Japanese daughters – the number four brings bad luck This is because it s

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    Read The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World Michael Pollan » 4 Read & Download Download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Michael Pollan This is a marvellous book which discusses the science sociology aesthetics and culture relating to four plantsApplesTulipsMarijuanaPotatoesBecause of who I am the things that interested me most were the tulip and potato sectionsWit

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    Download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Michael Pollan Michael Pollan » 4 Read & Download [The Botany of Desire: A Plant's–Eye View of the World] E–pub ß Michael Pollan I've wanted to read this book ever since it came out but so far I've been pretty deeply disappointed by it From the jacket copy and reviews I'd read I'd come to expect a poetic lay science book about the entwined d

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    [The Botany of Desire: A Plant's–Eye View of the World] E–pub ß Michael Pollan As beguiling as the plants this book enlightened me about

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    Michael Pollan » 4 Read & Download [The Botany of Desire: A Plant's–Eye View of the World] E–pub ß Michael Pollan Packed with food related history trivia and stories Michael Pollan attempts to explain how four types of plants have had such a large effect on humanity We automatically think of domestication as something we do to other species but it makes just as much sense to think of it as something certain plants and animals have done to us

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  • Audio CD
  • The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
  • Michael Pollan
  • English
  • 21 October 2020
  • 9781596590939

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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World Read & Download À PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Michael Pollan » 4 Read & Download Arden seeds that had been genetically engineered to produce their own insecticide Though they worked as advertised he made some startling discoveries primarily that the NewLeaf plants themselves are registered as a pesticide by the EPA and that federal law prohibits anyone from reaping than one crop per seed packet And in a interesting aside he explains how a global desire for consistently perfect French fries contributes to both damaging monoculture and the genetic engineering necessary to support it Pollan has read widely on the subject and elegantly combines literary historical philosophical and scientific references with engaging anecdotes giving readers much to ponder while weeding their gardens Shawn Carkonen This is a marvellous book which discusses the science sociology aesthetics and culture relating to four plantsApplesTulipsMarijuanaPotatoesBecause of who I am the things that interested me most were the tulip and potato sectionsWith the first he discusses the notorious obsession surrounding tulip cultivation in Holland in the 17th century With the second he discusses a genetically modified potato which was on sale in the US at the time he wrote the book in 2001 The potato is a variety called NewLeaf This is no longer a product being promoted by the company which produces the seeds for it Monsanto of course but what the author has to say about it is still very relevant with regard to current and future vegetable research It has left me feeling a lot less blaz about GM vegetables and monocultures This may be the only way forward if we are to feed the vast number of people on this planet but it comes at a price and that price may be largely unknown In contrast to the huge vegetable factory type farming discussed in most of this section Pollan also visits an organic farmer and the difference hits you big time Everything about the factory farms are so alien and brutal in their approach they seemingly use anything they can to get the most produce for the least bucks and everything about the organic farm is so much harmonious and working respectfully with nature Interestingly the main factory type vegetable farmer he spoke to also grows organic vegetables but just for him and his family s consumption Go figureHe also fairly briefly discusses the horrors of the Irish Potato Famine between 1845 and 1852 and that too was extremely interestingAnd now on to matters of the heart The section on tulips in the 17th century was a great pleasure to read Here I am just going to type a few chunks out of the book some rather chopped about I m afraid for those of you who fancy a brief excursion into a time of passion madness and decadenceview spoiler Tulip mania in Holland reached its peak between 1634 and 1637The ueen of all tulips was Semper Augustus Generally regarded at the time as the most beautiful flower in the world In 1624 there were only a dozen or so specimens most of them owned by Dr Adriaen PauwThis was the intricately feathered red and white tulip one bulb of which could change hands for 10000 guilders at the height of the mania a sum that would have bought one of the grandest canal houses in Amsterdam It is now gone from nature But I have seen paintings of it the Dutch would commission portraits of venerable tulips they couldn t afford to buy Beside a Semper Augustus a modern tulip looks like a toyA tulip that falls out of favour soon goes extinct Generally a strain won t last unless it is regularly replanted so the chain of genetic continuity can be broken in a generation Even when people do continue to plant a particular tulip the vigour of that variety which is propagated by removing and planting the bulb s offsets the little genetically identical bulblets that form at its base eventually fades and must be abandoned Tulips in other words are mortalNo tulip appears in the flower crowded borders of medieval tapestries nor is the flower ever mentioned in the early herbals the Old World encyclopedias of the world s known plants and their uses The fierceness of the passion that the tulip unleashed in Holland in the seventeenth century and to a lesser extent in France and England may have had something to do with the flower s novelty in the west and the suddenness of its appearance It is the youngest of our canonical flowers Ogier Ghislain De Busbec an Austrian claimed to have introduced the first tulip to Europe sending a consignment of bulbs from Constantinople in 1554 The word tulip is a corruption of the Turkish word for turban Tulips like apples do not come true from seed which accounts for the astonishing variety it can producethough it takes 7 years before a tulip grown from seed flowers and shows its new coloursIn seventeenth century Holland botany became a national pastime followed as closely and avidly as we follow sports todayLand in Holland being so scarce and expensive Dutch gardens were miniatures measured in suare feet rather than acres and freuently augmented with mirrors The Dutch thought of their gardens as jewel boxes and in such a space even a single flowercould make a powerful statementWhat the Dutch really sought were broken tulips these were flowers where you get a white or yellow ground with intricate feathers or flames of a vividly contrasting hueIn the 1920s the electron microscope was invented and scientists discovered that the virus causing broken tulips was spread by myzus persicae the peach potato aphid Peach trees were common in seventeenth century gardens By the 1920s the Dutch regarded their tulips as commodities to tradeand since the virus weakened the bulbs it infected the offsets of a broken tulip were small and few in number Dutch growers set about ridding their fields of the infectionThere was another Dutch obsession a uest that has gone on for 400 years the uest for a black tulip Today we have ueen of the Night a dark glossy maroonish purple Breeders today are busily seeking a new black tulip because they know that this current standard bearer is probably on her way out Alexandre Dumas wrote a novel The Black Tulip in 1850 based on this search hide spoiler

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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World Read & Download À PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Michael Pollan » 4 Read & Download Ing the plant's range He also explains how human manipulation of the plant has weakened it so that modern apples reuire pesticide than any other food crop The tulipomania of 17th century Holland is a backdrop for his examination of the role the tulip's beauty played in wildly influencing human behavior to both the benefit and detriment of the plant the markings that made the tulip so attractive to the Dutch were actually caused by a virus His excellent discussion of the potato combines a history of the plant with a prime example of how biotechnology is changing our relationship to nature As part of his research Pollan visited the Monsanto company headuarters and planted some of their NewLeaf brand potatoes in his g The Botany of Desire A Plant s Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan introduces the possibility to the reader that plants are using insects animals and humans to ensure their own survival An interesting book about the symbiosis between all living organism and how Charles Darwin s evolutionary theory of natural selection is happening 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 What the author did in the book is to address the hybridizing of plant species to fit our needs Although domesticated plants have been multiplied at a much greater rate than in nature they also stand to disappear due to over hybridization This is highlighted in this bookHail to Flora the Roman goddess of flowers How plants manipulate us as well as animals and insects are riveting reading for sure But how we domesticated plants and the conseuences of our own actions are much disturbing Watch this documentary for a fascinating insight into this part of plant behaviour The information in this document is much detailed than the book and one is of my favorites If you watched this documentary you will get a much better idea of how it workshttpswwwyoutubecomwatchv 4w5It is indeed a mysterious world to get involved in even if you only want to read about it Plants have souls and feelings That s the bottomline There so many anecdotes I can share concerning the interaction between plants animals insects and humans that it will reuire a book to do so So I will unhappily sit on my hands and just allow the urge pass me by for now You probably will have to read the book yes definitely read the book It s a great start The author approached his subject with sensitivity and great careOKAY IT S SOAP BOX TIMEOne comment in the book made me sit up straight Had me hackles raised It s losing a star as a resultI ve sent an excerpt of the book to 30 botanist friends from all over the world who worked with me on an international DNA project of the natural flora in our country and just loved the reactions Serious researchers doing their jobs for decades could not believe this assumption made in the book According to Jack Goody an English anthropologist who has studied the role of flowers in most of the world s cultures East and West past and present the love of flowers is almost but not uite universal The not uite refers to Africa where Goody writes in The Culture of Flowers flowers play almost no part in religious observance or everyday social ritual The exceptions are those parts of Africa that came into early contact with other civilizations the Islamic north for example Africans seldom grow domesticated flowers and flower imagery seldom shows up in African art or religion Apparently when Africans speak or write about flowers it is usually with an eye to the promise of fruit rather than the thing itself That is certainly an interesting and true statement However the next paragraph had us all gasping for air Dumbfounded the ecology of Africa doesn t offer a lot of flowers or at least not a lot of showy ones Relatively few of the world s domesticated flowers have come from Africa and the range of flower species on the continent is nowhere near as extensive as it is in say Asia or even North America What flowers one does encounter on the savanna for example tend to bloom briefly and then vanish for the duration of the dry season My first thought was that an anthropologist won t know that than 80% of the 2400 Pelargonium species originate in southern Africa numerous orchards too many to list here horde of proteas ericas lilies flowering trees and hundreds of highly sought after succulents come from dear mother Africa Some of the international well known botanists comments which can be shared publicly the rest is unpublishable I read that piece It is nonsense Badly written and poorly researched is my comment Africa is the best at all things natural most especially flowers I think they are also missing that flowers are attached to plants and we Africans have been interested in the other parts as they hold the goodies that cure us of almost any illness We used the flowers to help us get to the right plant It has been so tied up in African culture that it is magical and mysterious sangoma style so the knowledge never made it into books We laugh at this book from a dizzy heightNevertheless let s leave it at that Michael Pollan concentrates on four domesticated plants and their uses to humans The philosophy history and huge impact the plants had on human survival is discussed with a focus on the uses which satisfied mankind s four basic needs sweetness beauty intoxication and control He confirms why it has become highly essential to preserve the original plant species in nature The plants are altered the less chance there is of the species to survive a dangerous situation for both this planet and mankind Hybridization also happens in nature For instance bees pollinate a different variety of one species with the result of new species developing from it Crassulas in nature is a prime example of this So many cross breeds develop that it is a headache for botanists to identify those species correctly Most people in the world are not aware of the huge challenges facing global food production More than 60% of the world s population currently reside in cities with little or no access to land Countries such as Japan have already began to expand vertically and not horizontally A complete city providing housing schools hospital and shopping areas are provided in high rise buildings There is simply not enough space horizontally any to expand Another current trend worldwide is for people to move out of suburbs into inner cities again It is predicted that suburbs will become the future slums Highways the cost of vehicles fuel and traffic congestion the decline in oil resources are discouraging the future development of suburbs Many boarded up or abandoned houses can be found everywhere Huge inner slums and suatter camps are popping up all over the world as a result of uncontrolled population growth unemployment job losses and lack of job opportunities Urban people are and unable to propagate their own food Add to that the limited areas suitable for agriculture in the world with limited water resources and the picture becomes a little complicated While the world s human population increases at an alarming rate the agricultural land to produce food for the masses do not As a result it was necessary to develop plants that could produce fruits on the same parcel of land and have new possibilities to protect themselves against water restrictions and pests Extended families do not manage farms any Farmers are forced to mechanize which is not only expensive but also detrimental to oil resources in the world A staggering number of farmers are leaving the industry annually due to the high costs and low profits or no profits in food productionIn hybridization and the very expensive research to accomplish the outcomes different plants are used to cross breed in order to address the challenges For instance the DNA of one plant which has a natural defense against pests are bred with another plant which do not have the ability My husband produced hybridized seeds of tomatoes which produced uniform color and fruit size and had a longer shelf life I cannot name the company who sponsored it not Monsanto but can mention that a cantaloupe gene was used to accomplish this another edible fruit In pumpkin hybrids two different varieties were used to produce a uniform round pumpkin which which was smaller in size and could fit into a shopping bag so that the consumer could handle it The author mentions an incident he read about in which the DNA of fireflies were added to tobacco plants My philosophy is if you haven t seen it with your own eyes don t spread the story I almost lost interest in this book after reading that However the author made the effort to visit the research facilities of the Monsanto company interviewed farmers and made an effort to understand what is recently done to increase food production and the methods that is used He states that unrelated species in nature cannot be crossed But then alleges that Monsanto crossed that barrier Nature he says exercise a kind of veto over what culture can do with a potato Donkeys and horses were cross bred but the resulting animal were sterile That s a fact in nature I agree with the author s statement All domesticated plants are in some sense artifical living archives of both cultural and natural information that people have helped to design Any given type of potato reflects the human desires that have been bred into it There is sadly not enough space left on earth to allow people each a piece of land and enough water to produce their own food We cannot go back to wearing natural fibers since there are not enough grazing or space once again to keep the animals on that land which will produce those needed fibers That s the bottom line Too many people too little natural resources For instance if we allow 7 billion people to strip mine plants in trying to return to natural medicines there will be nothing left of nature It is therefore essential that everything we use be produced commercially in particular agricultural zones all over the world and to protect natural fauna and flora in designated protected zones We have to hybridize to survive as the human race For the past seventy years it has become necessary and the challenge will be bigger in future Humans are already dependent on it and there s no way out of it If you are fortunate enough to have space for your own fruit and vegetable garden make use of it to plant your own food Use vintage seed and go organic since you do not have to produce masses of fruits and vegetables for billions of people living in urban areas with limited space Organic farming is labor intensive Commercial farmers do not have enough labor resources to do the sameThe good news is that and commercial farmers are moving away from monocultural farming with involvement in the agronomic side of soil management Biodiversity is making a comebackIn the end it is obvious from the discussions in the book why Africa is still the cradle of mankind Not mentioned in the book it is just my own reaction In Africa people did not listen to the flowers to spread them in unnatural selections Africans had a vast knowledge of the value of plants in their natural state for thousands of years used it for various purposes still do but allowed the plants to remain part of the natural biodiversity around them In fact should an apocalypse hit this planet it will be the people who respected the natural laws who would survive And that will be the Africans most probably They did not change nature and lived in harmony with it all their lives The message I take from the book as an African and naturalist is that my continent knew what they were doing when they left nature alone Perhaps they were not left behind they were in fact far ahead in time Oh well it is something to think about at least I enjoyed the book and recommend it for sure Sometimes there are fairy tales in real life Just listen to the flowers

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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World Read & Download À PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Michael Pollan » 4 Read & Download Working in his garden one day Michael Pollan hit pay dirt in the form of an idea do plants he wondered use humans as much as we use them While the uestion is not entirely original the way Pollan examines this complex coevolution by looking at the natural world from the perspective of plants is uniue The result is a fascinating and engaging look at the true nature of domestication In making his point Pollan focuses on the relationship between humans and four specific plants apples tulips marijuana and potatoes He uses the history of John Chapman Johnny Appleseed to illustrate how both the apple's sweetness and its role in the production of alcoholic cider made it appealing to settlers moving west thus greatly expand Okay okay books by Michael Pollan are clearly a fad right now but I have bought into it whole heartedly He is an amazing amazing writer he makes me want to plant a garden to tour his garden his bedroom what to only eat organic food and to find out the story and origin of every morsel of food I put in my body But he does it in a way that isn t overly preachy or agenda driven Instead he lets you get what he is saying while at the same time telling an engaging well researched story both personal and historic and one that made me want to read uickly to the very end I took many a too long lunch break because I was so hooked