What happens when the countryside is destroyed

The price of industrial agriculture

Poet/farmer Wendell Berry

Poet and farmer Wendell Berry offers a clear look at the problems we face in the world of industrial farms.

How do we treat the land? What are we doing when we see land and food as commodities instead of essential parts of life with real value?

The industrialization of agriculture has taken us away from an intelligent and affectionate connection with … Read more

Klaus Ferlow and the Miraculous Neem Tree

All trees are wonders.

The Neem tree is a wonder piled on wonders.

A long, wide-ranging, somewhat rambling and very interesting – interview with the west’s leading expert on the Neem tree.

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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Heavily censored information on plant medicine

If the speaker’s YouTube channel is still up, you can find it here:

This excellent video is both a demonstration of all the good people who are making heroic efforts to educate the public and an example of the unhinged and demented censorship that Google-owned YouTube now routinely engages in.

The subject is the herbal medicines used successfully by the multi-thousand year medical traditions of India and China to … Read more

It’s time for Thyme

On a recent trip to Morocco (my first trip there and my first trip out of the country in nearly five years), I got to see how an intact culture deals with health issues.

Drugs, no.

Plants, yes.

One of the plants that is treasured in Morocco and elsewhere is one many of us think of as just a culinary herb.

Wrong. It is a very potent healer. (And when … Read more

The science behind the Odyssey

We’re continuing our exploration of Aegean herb culture.

Here’s a surprising modern validation of one of the “tall tales” of the Odyssey involving “magic” plants.

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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Have you ever been to an herb festival?

The Aegean coast of Turkey

Wild foraged herbs never fell out of favor here

Have you ever been to an herb festival?

Me neither, but they are not uncommon in Italy, Turkey, and I imagine other parts of the world.

This one is in the Alacati district of Cesme on the Aegean coast of Turkey.

It’s held in early spring and the whole town gets involved. The market associated with … Read more

Comfrey

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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Mushroom Myths Debunked

A primer on what’s true and not true about mushrooms.

References

Medicinal Mushrooms

Fly Agaric

The Misunderstood Magic Mushroom

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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“Follow the science”

From one of our favorite educators. He talks about plants in the context of where and how they live, not just how useful they are.

Plant Wisdom has been quiet because some people have been fighting the madness of the last two years on a nearly full time basis.

I’m one of them.

For those who still don’t get it, here’s a story about a plant that “scientists” have … Read more

Catnip, not just for cats

We’ve been mostly silent here (dealing with the fallout of a government-created ordeal), but this video really jumped out.

A lucid and comprehensive description of this wonderful plant from Dina Falconi.

You can see more of her work plus a link to all her videos here: https://www.botanicalartspress.com

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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