Botany of Desire

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Botany of Desire is a nature documentary developed by PBS inspired and based on Michael Pollan's book of the same name that centers on the relationship between nature, specifically vegetation, and humans as seen through the plants' point of view. Pollan focuses on four distinct aspects of the relationship between human and plant: the sweetness of the apple, the beauty of the tulip, the pleasure sought from marijuana, and the sustenance needed from the potato. Even though those plants began in nature, human scientists have reached out to control them through selection, genetic engineering, and processing. Botany of Desire shows viewers just how the lines blur of control as the craze for a tulip bulb could cost a total of a new house or the importance of a potato field in Idaho and Peru. With a history of the four plants from their origins to their modifications, whether it is in habitat or genes, Botany of Desire shows just how much we rely on plants born from a single tiny seed.moreless

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AIRED ON 10/29/2009

Season 1 : Episode 1

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