The Botany of Desire

The Botany of Desire

A Plant's Eye View of the World

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006
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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 tulop, 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, the plants have also benefited at least as much from their association with us. So who is really domesticating whom?
Publisher: [Stratford, Conn.] : Audio Evolution, 2006
ISBN: 9780977896523
Branch Call Number: Audio Download
Additional Contributors: Brick, Scott


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librarylizzard Aug 21, 2015

I enjoyed this book for the history of the four plants it mentions (apple, tulip, potato, marijuana) and how humans help shape - and are sometimes outsmarted by - their evolution. However, in the scheme of Michael Pollan's books (think "In Defense of Food" and "The Omnivore's Dilemma") this was not my favorite.

quagga Feb 24, 2013

The poor quality of the audio (tinny and fuzzy) doesn't do justice to this great book.


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