Botany of Desire by Michael Pollen

Introduction:

It all starts with the human bubble bee (while seeding the garden). Is it the human whois imortant or the gardener. Or…is it coevolution relationship to plant seeds. We both have our own selection (or desire). The seed catalog is an evolution tool. It’s all about the human and plant type of view. Talk about the differance between a dog and a wolf (again dogs have mastered the humans needs and desires for their own survival). This book is about human desire. We need to understand the flower (for satisdaction). Plants are not people. Plants travel in a different lane than humans. Good stuff can comes from the plant. Chemicals by plants are usedd for defense…then there is also nector! Evolution just takes place. NATURAL SELECTION.

classes of plants that will be written about:

  1. apple tree
  2. tulip
  3. marijuana
  4. the potato

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  1. Introduction:
    It all starts with the human bubble bee (while seeding the garden). Is it the human who is important or the gardener? Or…is it coevolution relationship to plant seeds. We both have our own selection (or desire). The seed catalog is an evolution tool. It is all about the human and plant type of view. Talk about the difference between a dog and a wolf (again dogs have mastered the humans needs and desires for their own survival). This book is about human desire. We need to understand the flower (for satisfaction). Plants are not people. Plants travel in a different lane than humans. Good stuff can come from the plant. Chemicals by plants are used for defense…then there is also nectar! Evolution just takes place. NATURAL SELECTION. Classes of plants that will be written about:
    1. apple tree
    2. tulip
    3. marijuana
    4. the potato
    Sweetness – Chapter 1
    Johnny Chapman (Appleseed) floating down the river (carrying apple seed) in a catamaran. The apple wants to do business with the people. The apple came from across the pond. Apple seed needs to be grafted….you drink the apple or alcohol? p. 21-2. Apple seeds have cyanide (for protection) the second the genetic of the apple tree. Apple is a wild fruit from Kazankstan. Sweetness in the apple is comes from the taste in your mouth. Is sweetness leading to desire?
    He (Chapman) loved animals
    chapman brought:
    1. mulleins
    2. motherwort
    3. dandelion
    4. wintergreen
    5. Pennyrile
    6. and mayweed for medicinal purposes to the native American’s
    There are over 2500 varieties of apples. In 1914 the “Golden delicious” apple tree was bought for a sum of $5,000 (young American-Orchard) Jonathan is for the American Midwest (Hudson Valley) Young giants. Golden delicious grow on five contenants. Modern apples need more pesticides. Apple trees don’t reproduce sexually (wild reproduction)
    Chapter 2 Tulips (“eye candy”)
    Boys don’t like flowers. flower are for a fruit to come. Are we draw like bees to flowers? (around p. 70). talk about bees and their “flying penises” p. 76. human kind loves the blossoms! “artificial selection”. The expense of beauty is usually sex…….beauty also = sex. Bumblebees prefer the bilateral symmetry of orchards, peas, and foxgloves. Does garden = wealth? tulips are useless! lack of scent is unique and a sense of virtuousness. An aphid helped more the colors from plant to plant. Queen of night is like a black hole for tulips. Queen on night has no smell. Tulips name goes to great men (most masculine of flowers P.99) Carnival of capitalism last as the rules of logic are repealed p. 101 money was rooted in flowers in 1635 (tulips). Start of the greater fool theory 1635-37 no need to buy bulbs! (like bitcoin?) tulipomania was a frenzy of financial speculation. By Darwin nutrition is equal to transportation, beauty was soon a survival means. with flowers came fruit and sugar. without flowers, we would not be! We liked the sense and the meaning of life with a flower!
    chapter 3 marijuana
    It’s a forbidden plant. Has knowledge! is this magic? taste is for being eaten. plants learned how to synthesize chemicals (in evolution). Animals like to experiment with toxic plant. Cattle can be drawn to local weed. garden the plant is more important than flowers. Author had two plants outside the barn her marijuana growing. Jimmy Carters era? make it legal. Worked into a grow room….underground developing cannabis. into what is today the most prized and expensive flower in the world, p. 124
    plants perspectives could lead it to gratify human needs
    most pot came from Mexico. Growers had to adapt to above the 30th parallel. Indicas can be grown in all 50 states. Want a sativa X and indica hybrid or a California Orange. Most marijuana was grown outside until the 1980s. Government pushed all growers inside. Plants need:
    1. water
    2. nutrients
    3. carbon dioxide
    4. light
    5. heat
    THC started out at 2 to 3 percent, now 20% is not unheard of. p. 127. Cannabis is a weed. Can shock plants to flower in 8 weeks. Gardeners had visions of wealth…..not beauty. it’s rooted in the human desire of pleasure! Why hasn’t the need for intoxity faded out?
    1. for pain
    2. relieve stress!
    3. stay awake.
    4. sex drive
    5. for hunting
    6. social life
    7. relieve boredom.
    these are mental tools (transparent). Rethink relation between body and spirit. visits for afterlife…etc! with all the offered sensations. plants molecule were made to protect the plants. do we need a book on imagination? Sciolistic plants goes back in history. Does opium = an inner eye? A meme is a building block. Culture change is brought from memes. p. 141 author smoked pot. Marijuana can bring on fear or anxiety! it triggers a mental state for being high….similar to meditation p. 143. talk about THC and all the good medical benefits of POT. does the brain make it’s own THC ? (P. 145)
    THC could be for defense from animals (p. 147)
    the desire helps spread the plant around the world. evolution was because of human desire. high = change in cognitive disfunction. Cannabis promotes short term memory loss – maybe like pain? Brains do forget some useless information (p. 150) that’s good! Our mental health is to filter what needs to be remembered. Marijuana lets you forget and living in the current moment. Forgetting is the right as to remember. Forgetting is blocking out of consciousness. Author notes he has an intention disorder
    being high could me see, tasting, or touching bearing something special. issues with marijuana are a communication problem. Does cannabis bring up a scene on innocence? Cannabinoids change the short-term memories. It is all chemically initiated. can the brain drug itself? Christianity and Cannabis don’t relate to cannabis P.163 The garden is a place of many sacraments
    Chaoter 4 – the potato
    Does nature have the way with us? blights/pests/storms will come. wildness does not equal nature! Agriculture is moving nature to something we can control. A garden is a place to experiment with a hybrid, a garden has many variables. author planted new leaf potatos (do they work?) It’s a patient thing? GMO experimentt
    could grow for a single season the rest is protected under patent. It’s protective material
    a farmer grows enough food for 100 people. Monsanto says agriculture (in general) is unsustainable. new leaf came from the Incas grew the first 7000 years ago. Develop a spud for it’s particular environment. Relationship between product and plant (natural selection) like beer & cheese! The potato came to Ireland in 1588 (not mentioned in the Bible). Only the potato would grow in Ireland. Potato’s stopped the malnutrition in Northern Europe.
    world’s crop plants are being redesigned. Leaf’s of the new leaf can be traced back to Monsanto. Think of bumble bees taking off the Bt pollen toxin? (We just don’t know). Think of gene flow of cross pollination. Will natural selection take over the soil thus stimulating extincttion. Like the Darwin theory
    Other proteins will expire when their patent expires!
    Monsanto is like a nuclear plant. His new leafs were killing the bettles that were eating the other potatoes. on a acre it cost almost 2 thousand in chemicals. organic chemicals. unknown about new leaf and russet potatos new leaf is more healthy. There is alot of unknown! organic uses crop rotation to stop potato beetles. You need biodiversity. Soil is a wilderness. There is so much money in farming to help control nature, Monoculture is against all farmers! Soil has declined because of all the chemicals (also losses yield). Is MCD fries from Russets? MCD also uses new leaf potatoes. Monoculture of global taste….our impulse p.206 Ireland was an experiment biggest of monoculture p. 207. Viable seeds are not coming from a seed, they are coming from a manufacture.
    now genetic engineering! IP now sterile seeds. all this issnecessary if we want to feed the world. new leaf could be from frito lay chips Only if Monsanto think it’s a problem then they need to look at the issue.it’s not just Bt for the FDA. Monsanto might not want to label the GMO potato’s. potatos can be left in ground and harvested when needed.

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