Hence, the affliction that destroyed them was not a potato famine. They did not change nature, and lived in harmony with it all their lives. Of course Pollan realizes that intent cannot be ascribed to the plant. Many scientific facts, too, are misguided or incorrect. Hell, that's what the author's introduction led me to expect, too. Updated: I don't think I ever even finished the dratted thing. Hell, that's what the author's introduction led me to expect, too.
Michael Pollan approaches the relationship between plants and humans through the aperture of the plant. Tulips, in other words, are mortal. The short and long-term effects of these procedures are unknown. This section contains 709 words approx. Beside a Semper Augustus a modern tulip looks like a toy.
Any given type of potato reflects the human desires that have been bred into it. Alexandre Dumas wrote a novel 'The Black Tulip' in 1850 based on this search. And now on to matters of the heart. There was an old tradition in northern Europe linking the grape, which flourished all through Latin Christendom, with the corruptions of the Catholic Church, while casting the apple as the wholesome fruit of Protestantism. And I thought the only way to really learn about this was to do it myself. Although domesticated plants have been multiplied at a much greater rate than in nature, they also stand to disappear due to over-hybridization.
The section on pot, though, gets hilariously loopier. 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 more harmonious, and working respectfully with nature. Yes, it is interesting to contemplate whether we domesticated a plant or it domesticated us. Organic farming is labor intensive. Other people just enjoy plants. Yani mitle ilişkilendirdiği yer var, nietzsche diyalektiği apollon-dionysos sentezini metafor olarak kullanışı çok güzeldi. It is a journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature.
The potato was a godsend when it first arrived in Ireland in 1588, happily growing in the stubborn, sloshy soil available to most of the population. Although I agree somewhat with his premise---that plants also influence human desires, not just vice versa---I never found that he fully developed a convincing proof of it. Plants were prized for their utility. Once when walking home from school on a windy day, a large branch fell on me, striking my shoulder and knocking me to the ground. Pollan meant plants as willfully selecting the characteristics that would cause us to replant and increase year after year. Johnny Appleseed brought alcohol to the frontier.
This book was a beautiful book, though not the tome that O. As Bill McKibben famously pointed out, the atmosphere of our planet is no longer a wilderness, tainted as it is by the byproducts of our industry, but as every hurricane and tornado reminds us, it is still profoundly wild. Gazeteci, evrimci ve botanikçi; oldukça normal. Apparently when Africans speak or write about flowers, it is usually with an eye to the promise of fruit rather than the thing itself. Add to that the limited areas suitable for agriculture in the world, with limited water resources, and the picture becomes a little more complicated. Pollan uses this distinction to emphasize that while all domestication is a destruction of wilderness, it is almost never an abolition of wildness.
Gerisi, dayanakların hikayesi ve bahsettiğim aşırı özele inilmiş yorumlar- bilimsel olsun illa demiyorum. The text considers the evolution of tulips and the co-evolution of humans and tulips but unfortunately does not elucidate the complexities of evolutionary theory at the level of the genus—a major failing. A giant, saltwater, armor-clad cockroach? In the end, it is obvious from the discussions in the book, why Africa is still the cradle of mankind. There, the perfection of art and the blind flux of nature. The apple is said to have exerted a decisive impact on human evolution because it is able to satisfy Homo sapiens' desire for sweetness. The story of tulips causing a major economic bubble is worth reflecting on at the moment. This is because it sounds a bit like the word for death.
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. Failed miserably in trying to pick a clear favourite among the 4 sections. Again, as with the apples and the tulips, I did know much of the story of marijuana before I started reading, but not really all of the details. While I had some notion of him going around frontier America planting apple seeds and ten points for promoting dental health he was never really going to cut it beside, say, Daniel Boone what a dream come-er-true-er was he! Kitabın içeriği oldukça dolu, çoğunu biliyor olsam da okumak güzeldi , yazar bir aktivist ve gazeteci olduğu için birinci ağızdan araştırma yapmış. I loved this beautiful book. Linking our fundamental desires for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control with the plants that gratify them — the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato — The Botany of Desire shows that we humans are intricately woven into the web of nature, not standing outside it. As well as read this, it was incredibly boring listening to the same points for half an hour, so I quit.
The Apple section dealt with the incredible life of Johnny Appleseed and the apple's journey from its original home in the wilderness of Kazakhstan- the way it was told was nothing short of an immigration drama, and apple-human games which have largely if not completely determined the Apple's biodiversity or the lack of it. You cannot eat apples planted from seeds. Clearly the number four has no such associations for Michael Pollan. This was before plentiful cheap sugar reduced the sensation to something commonplace and without nuance. 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.