Michael Pollan, a professor of journalism and a student of food, presents the history of four plants, each of which found a way to make itself essential to humans, thus ensuring widespread propagation.
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The order we impose on nature is never more than temporary or illusory. In the end the logic of nature will win out over the logic of capitalism, the logic of the factory, the logic of efficiency. To the extent that you can ... look at the world from [other species] point of view ... it frees us from our sense of alienation from nature, and we become members of the biotic community." -- Michael Pollan