The botany of desire

However, the next paragraph had us all gasping for air. Although domesticated plants have been multiplied at a much greater rate than in nature, they also stand to disappear due to over-hybridization.

Crassulas, in nature, is a prime example of this. Plants have souls and feelings. Hail to Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers! 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.

The exceptions are those parts of Africa that came into early contact with other civilizations—the Islamic north, for example. So who is really domesticating whom? We used the flowers to help us get to the right plant.

Michael Pollan concentrates on four domesticated plants and their uses to humans.

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. What the author did The botany of desire the book is to address the hybridizing of plant species to fit our needs.

Apparently when Africans speak or write about flowers, it is usually with an eye to the promise of fruit rather than the thing itself. The information in this document is much more detailed than the book and one is of my favorites.

I think they are also missing that flowers are attached to plants and we Africans have been more interested in the other parts as they hold the goodies that cure us of almost any illness.

If you watched this documentary, you will get a much better idea of how it works. This is highlighted in this book. For instance, bees pollinate a different variety of one species with the result of new species developing from it. So many cross-breeds develop that it is a headache for botanists to identify those species correctly.

Watch this documentary for a fascinating insight into this part of plant behaviour. But how we domesticated plants, and the consequences of our own actions, are much more disturbing. It is indeed a mysterious world to get involved in, even if you only want to read about it.

What flowers one does encounter on the savanna, for example, tend to bloom briefly and then vanish for the duration of the dry season. He confirms why it has become highly essential to preserve the original plant species in nature.

He master The Botany of Desire: How plants manipulate us, as well as animals and insects are riveting reading for sure. The more plants are altered, the less chance there is of the species to survive-a dangerous situation for both this planet and mankind. Serious researchers, doing their jobs for decades, could not believe this assumption made in the book: Hybridization also happens in nature.

So I will unhappily sit on my hands and just allow the urge pass me by for now! One comment in the book made me sit up straight.

He masterfully links four fundamental human desires—sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control—with the plants that satisfy them: According to Jack Goody, an English anthropologist Africans seldom grow domesticated flowers, and flower imagery seldom shows up in African art or religion.

That is certainly an interesting, and true statement. Had me hackles raised.

The author approached his subject with sensitivity and great care.The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World is a nonfiction book by journalist Michael Pollan. Pollan presents case studies that mirror four types of human desires that are reflected in the way that we selectively grow, breed, and genetically engineer our plants.

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