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The Botany of Desire (2009)





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Based on Michael Pollan's bestseller, this intriguing PBS documentary examines the ways that humans rely on (and relate to) four key plants: the apple, potato, tulip, and marijuana. Frances McDormand (Fargo) narrates each unique segment, offering a plant's-eye view of botanical evolution and of the shifting relationships between people and their food sources.
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... the botanical evolution of and human interaction with apples, tulips, cannibis and potatoes. The observations are enlightening.

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This movie focuses on the need for diversity, no matter the plant. Very interesting stuff; makes me want to become a "lunatic farmer!"

Ron Sitton
Ron Sitton

I haven't read the book, though I have read others of his. So I can't attest whether this gave it justice or not. And while I think there are better food documentaries out there, it's not bad. That being said, it's more about plants as a whole (well, 4 of them) rather than food.

Chris Stoicsitz
Chris Stoicsitz

A fascinating look at how plants and humans have interacted, down through the ages, benefiting both. Michael Pollan's premise is that by satisfying a human need, or desire, each of these four plant species managed to expand their territory. Man's desires caused him to transplant these plants from their native environments to virtually everywhere in the world. It is an interesting premise and one which the filmmakers have adequately presented in a most believable package. This marries the best entertainment techniques with some very interesting educational material and becomes something that both informs and entertains. This viewer learned a lot and the two hours just flew by. One finds that Mr Pollan's enthusiasm for his subject is contagious. He never sounds like a dry pedantic, disgorging his superior expert knowledge, but more like an excited explorer, discovering new lands and making new connections with the natural world.

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