full transcript

From the Ted Talk by Michael Pollan: A plant's-eye view

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And what I raezeild when I understood this — and if you ask Joel saialtn what he is, he'll tell you he's not a chicken fmerar, he's not a sheep farmer, he's not a cattle rancher; he's a grass farmer, because grass is really the keystone seiceps of such a system — is that, if you think about it, this completely contradicts the tragic idea of nature we hold in our heads, which is that for us to get what we want, nature is diminished. More for us, less for nturae. Here, all this food comes off this farm, and at the end of the season there is actually more soil, more fertility and more biodiversity.

Open Cloze

And what I ________ when I understood this — and if you ask Joel _______ what he is, he'll tell you he's not a chicken ______, he's not a sheep farmer, he's not a cattle rancher; he's a grass farmer, because grass is really the keystone _______ of such a system — is that, if you think about it, this completely contradicts the tragic idea of nature we hold in our heads, which is that for us to get what we want, nature is diminished. More for us, less for ______. Here, all this food comes off this farm, and at the end of the season there is actually more soil, more fertility and more biodiversity.

Solution

  1. salatin
  2. farmer
  3. nature
  4. realized
  5. species

Original Text

And what I realized when I understood this — and if you ask Joel Salatin what he is, he'll tell you he's not a chicken farmer, he's not a sheep farmer, he's not a cattle rancher; he's a grass farmer, because grass is really the keystone species of such a system — is that, if you think about it, this completely contradicts the tragic idea of nature we hold in our heads, which is that for us to get what we want, nature is diminished. More for us, less for nature. Here, all this food comes off this farm, and at the end of the season there is actually more soil, more fertility and more biodiversity.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
literary conceit 2
darwinian revolution 2
lima bean 2
joel salatin 2
technology involved 2
cow patties 2

Important Words

  1. biodiversity
  2. cattle
  3. chicken
  4. completely
  5. contradicts
  6. diminished
  7. farm
  8. farmer
  9. fertility
  10. food
  11. grass
  12. heads
  13. hold
  14. idea
  15. joel
  16. keystone
  17. nature
  18. realized
  19. salatin
  20. season
  21. sheep
  22. soil
  23. species
  24. system
  25. tragic
  26. understood