Rewind: Botany of Desire

BOTANY OF DESIRE is a program that originally aired on WOSU TV in October 2009. If you didn’t catch it the first time around here’s your chance, don’t miss it again!

Many people are familiar with Michael Pollan and his take on food and our environment. I had heard of him and his ideas but hadn’t read any of his books or articles. From what little I had picked up on in conversation, I was anxious to see how one of Pollan’s books, BOTANY OF DESIRE, would play out on television. The program starts with apples. Pollan’s version of the Johnny Appleseed story was interesting. My childhood remembrances of the Johnny Appleseed story are a little different.

BOTANY OF DESIRE looks at how human desires are an essential, intricate part of the natural history. The program explores the history of four plants; the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato, and their corresponding human desires; sweetness, beauty, intoxication and controlling nature. If you have an open mind and follow along on his reasoning, Pollan then links the plants destinies to our own. I know it sounds a bit strange, but it really is fascinating to watch him make the connections. If none of that sounds exciting, then tune it to see the great shots inside the Amsterdam flower warehouse!

Either way I hope you find some time this Sunday at 6pm to watch BOTANY OF DESIRE, you won’t be disappointed.

Stacia H.

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