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Cannabis, The Importance of Forgetting, and the Botany of Desire

Michael Pollan, author of "The botany of desire: a plant's-eye view of the world," has done a range of work in journalism, environmentalism and architecture. Here he discusses his approach to plants and their relationship to people. Concludes with questions from the audience.Held on November 12, 2002 at the University of California, Berkeley. 78 min. (preservation copy) View it with RealPlayer

Cannabis, The Importance of Forgetting, and the Botany of Desire: Follow-up Panel

Host: Candace Slater. Panel: Michael Pollan, Ignacio Chapela, Catherine Gallagher, Patricia Unterman. Michael Pollan presents a brief address on the ecology of food and food productions systems, followed by responses from panelists specializing in food and environmental science issues followed by questions from the audience.Held on November 13, 2002 at the University of California, Berkeley. 110 min.

Manu Reserva Nacional

An extensive exploration of the biosphere reserve of the Manu, an ecological paradise situated in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon Jungle and home to species of flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth. Wildlife biologists and others travel the region emphasizing efforts to preserve the flaura and fauna of the environment. 1993. 107 min.

Mechanisms of Photosynthesis.

Discussion of the photosynthetic processes found in plants. 1981. 3/4 " UMATIC. (NRLF #: B 3 969 259)

Pharmacy from the Rain Forest.

Presentations from the workshop "Pharmacy from the Rain forest" held in Peru during October 1994. Pharmacy from the Rain Forest, Part 1: ACEER Useful Plant Trail Guide. A tour of the Useful Plant Trail of the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research situated in the Peruvian rain forest. On average, nearly 300 species of woody plants per hectare have been found to grow here.

The Botany of Desire

Shows how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural history. The program explores the natural history of four plants -the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato - and the corresponding human desires - sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control. This documentary begins in Michael Pollan's garden, and roams the world, from the fields of Iowa to the apple forests of Kazakhstan, from a medical marijuana hot house to the tulip markets of Amsterdam.

The First Forests (Life on Earth; 3).

Uses microphotography of several primitive plants to show how plant life overcame the difficult problem of migration from sea to land. Also explains how plants and insects were interdependent in their evolution process. Hosted by David Attenborough. 60 min.

The Green Machine (Nova ).

Presents some of the hidden powers of plants, including photosynthesis, flowering, the use of hormones to regulate growth, and responses to gravity and light. Explores the possibility that plants have some form of primitive nervous system that makes them capable of extrasensory powers of awareness. 58 min.

The Private Life of Plants

A 6-part series exploring the intriguing world of the plant kingdom. Host: David Attenborough. c1995. 50 min. each installment. Branching Out. Discusses how plant seeds are seasoned travelers, using animals, insects and wind in their journey for roots. Some employ aeronautical technology, like the squirting cucumber's jet propulsion and the Himalayan balsam's violent explosions, to propel their seeds. Putting Down Roots. Discusses how plants cultivate myriad survival techniques.