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– Ken McCarthy
A mediation on human dignity.
A short documentary on the daily life of a botanist in the mountains of Tajikistan.
Not a whole lot of specific plant information, but insight into the soul of a plant lover and a look at the rich plant life in an environment you don’t expect to find much.
It’s also a portrait and reminder of what human life is like away from our overdone … Read more
Ken McCarthy interviews Klaus Ferlow, master herbalist and leading North American advocate of sturdy, fast-growing, versatile Neem tree.
Called “arista” in Sanskrit, it means “perfect, complete, imperishable.” It’s also known in India as the “village pharmacy.”
The neem tree grows rapidly, even under challenging desert conditions, anywhere where there is no frost.
The leaves, flower, twigs, bark, roots, oil, and oil cake are all useful.
Uses include: non-toxic pesticide, … Read more
A while back, I wrote about the “commercially inspired over-enthusiasm” for essential oils.
In response, I received a flood of vociferous hate mail.
Hate mail to PlantWisdom.org? Yup. That’s part of the word we live in.
Unfortunately, most of what appears online and elsewhere about essential oils comes from people who manufacture and sell them.
That said if you dig even a little – Google: “essential oil dangers” – you’ll … Read more
In my article about the effectiveness of echinacea as a temporary immune booster I pointed out that some people have an allergy to echinacea and they need to search out alternatives.
How do you know if you have an echinacea allergy?
There are two ways:
1. Do you have a ragweed allergy?
If you do, you may also have an allergic reaction to echinacea.
Ragwood and echinacea are members … Read more
In the 1980s, NASA spent millions of dollars on how to deal with unhealthy indoor environments.
They were interested in the big challenge of purifying air on space stations and long space flights.
Here’s what they came up with…
The simplest plant to take care of:
Sansevieria laurentii, also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue” and “snake plant.”
The original NASA paper is here:
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We’ve had banks that are “too big to fail” that have, in fact, completely failed the financial needs of the economy.
Financial devastation that millions have yet to recover from.
How about the big agribusiness industry?
Are they getting too big to feed?
This report says: Yes.
You can download a PDF copy here that contains a detailed report on this issue.
Download: TOO BIG TO FEED
Ever Growing Family Farm is engaged in a radically innovative act…
They’re successfully growing rice in the Hudson Valley of New York on otherwise marginal land using traditional methods perfected over centuries by farmers from the Senegambia region of West Africa.
After two successful harvests, it’s time for them to get their own rice milling equipment.
They’re halfway there. Let’s … Read more