Playing God in the Garden – Book Analysis Essay
Micheal Pollans Playing God in the Garden addresses the many unseen aspects of farming and the technologies that are being designed to make planting effortless and safe. Pollan discusses how New Leaf (the plant company which has created the new biotechnological seeds) advertises a safer and less expensive way of farming, while concealing the harmful aspects of its product. The idea of genetically altering organisms has always made me uncomfortable. When I began to read this article, I assumed I would take the side of the conventional farmer. After reading this article, however, I wonder if either way of planting is safe and effective. I see advantages and drawbacks in both conventional and biotechnological methods. I have to wonder if anyone really knows what he/she is ingesting when he/she buys a potato at the market, or gets a super scoop from McDonalds. Biotechnology would replace toxic insecticides with supposedly safer toxins for killing beetles that may be harmful to the crops. Meanwhile, biotechnology makes planting easier and cheaper for the farmers, which makes the crops more affordable for the consumer.
Although these biotech products have not been tested and could be toxic to those who eat them, the
My first suggestion would be to change conventional farms to organic farms, thus making them safer. Unfortunately, it is not easy for a farmer to change his/her ways. Organic farming does not produce as much capital as conventional farming. Organic farmers tend to focus more on the process, rather than on the products, while traditional farmers produce crops for collateral. The cost of changing a conventional farm to an organic farm is also expensive. The problem of safely and effectively producing crops for the public is a difficult one. How can one grow a clean, cheap harvest? I see two solutions to the problem of safely producing crops for the public: do it yourself or buy locally. This way, one can choose whether pesticides, biotechnology, or natural farming will be used on foods. Otherwise, one is left to trust the harvesting practices of an unfamiliar vender.