The Botany of Desire - documentary

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The Botany of Desire
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The Botany of Desire, a 2009 nature documentary based on the 2001 book "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World" Michael Pollan. In the book, Pollan uses four cases studies to show how selective breeding of plants is reflected in human desires. These are; The tulip, beauty; marijuana, intoxication; the apple, sweetness; and the potato, control.


As well as exploring how we selectively grow, engineer and breed plants, The Botany of Desire also examines how planets themselves have changed in order to be more aesthetically pleasing to humans. After all, a human is the perfect catalyst for a species of plant to be introduced into a new habbitat. A great example of this would be the famous Johnny Appleseed, who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present-day West Virginia.


Frances McDormand
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