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THE AUTHOR OF THE BOTANY OF DESIRE
AND THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA
TALKS ABOUT GARDENING, NATURE, AND (GASP!) WHY ORGANIC ISN'T ALL IT'S CRACKED UP TO BE.
By Therese Ciesinski
I hear Michael Pollan's garden before I see it. The hum comes from the front yard, behind the fence separating his house from the others that ladder the hills of Berkeley, California. When I enter, Pollan is chatting nonchalantly while a starling number of honeybees zoom around him like a buzzing electron cloud. Just back from a trip, he found a hive swarming in his yard. A beekeeper removed them; these are the stragglers, confused and purposeless without their queen. The man who made a career writing about "those messy places where the human and the natural come together" has a yard swimming with orphan honeybees.