This may Micheal Pollan at his best. A fascinating ramble through past and present agricultural practices, Pollan combines his flair for personal experimentation with an unquentiable curiosity. While providing considerable research and back ground on 4 different commonly grown plants; apples, marijuana, tulips, and potatoes, Pollan goes ahead and adds the rare varieties of each to his garden, even cultivating Monsanto's GMO potatoes and rare varieties of wild apples. This book is a comprehensive exploration of some of the issues facing modern agriculture, examining both the roots of the problems and possible solutions, while telling the story of the people whose livelihood revolves around a particular plant. You will be surprised and intrigued.
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