Plant stories

A place to share my stories of plants with you

Harpers magazine estimates that 1900 Americans die from properly prescribed pharmaceuticals each week. Confirming Harper’s figures, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association also estimates that 2.2 million Americans are either permanently disabled by or hospitalized with serious complications from pharmaceuticals each year. In contrast, NBC Prevention News (in information supplied by the American botanical council) estimate that of the 60 million Americans who use herbal medicines, each year only 2 people die from properly prescribed botanicals. (One person each year is estimated to die from properly prescribed vitamins)

from Stephen Harrod Buhner.

(as pointed out from the comments, percentages would tell a more accurate story - antibiotics would be an interesting case study - as we know that it certainly does save lives.

in contrast to this quote I offer a post from Frank R Litchenberg

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/10/AR2007071001468.html

About how new drugs do save lives. ( I would also note that at the bottom of this article it describes the writer as

”..a professor at the Columbia UniversityGraduate School of Businessand a research associate of theNational Bureau of Economic Research. Some of his previous research has been funded by unrestricted grants from the pharmaceutical industry.” 

Those unrestricted grants have a lot to say about how the movement of opinions are swayed. Money moves statistics around, and any mathematician knows you can use statistics to prove or disprove anything you want)

People often jump to conclusions about things, especially when it threatens their own health or lives. Its important to think critically when investigating medicine. Nothing is black and white. As Carl Sagan might say, Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. 

The Future of Food - Introduction

http://www.thefutureoffood.com/index.html

If you can find the full documentary, its well worth a watch . Unfortunately I can’t find the full version on Youtube. (i did find what seems like a load of misleading propaganda films, trying to supersede this film though! )

Media Lens - Media Lens - News Analysis and Media Criticism

I am often made aware by my friends of the fact that I don’t watch the news, therefor I don’t know what is going on in the world.

Firstly I say in response, usually, that the news is only one mini perspective of what is going on in the “world”; on a more metaphorical level, there are “many worlds”. 

However,  I do wish to keep my view of reality fairly accurate, so over the last year I have been dipping into this website, to keep me up to date. It is one of the few media awareness raisers out there that I really trust the opinions of. Check it out. 

Permaculture People UK

A blog by my friends Phil and Lauren, to wonderful permaculture people who are currently exploring and documenting permaculture projects across the UK,

Check it out! 

Ediculture - exploring edible horticulture

I have decided to create a separate tumblr for just general photos, illustrating the diversity of sites and seasonal activities over the past 10 years. This site will be kept more for promotion and recent activities. 

If you are interested in this workshop you must book through the Growing the future website
Click on link to take you to the website.

Seeds are one of humanities greatest resources. We rely upon saving seeds for most of our food, and much of our clothes and our medicines. One seed can produce a plant that will produce many thousands of seeds, each with the potential to produce many more thousands…within this nature of plants lies the value of seeds.

This course is about annual and perennial seed saving. Learning how to save our own seeds can save you lots of money needing to buy seeds in. You also get thousands of them to give away to friends and family. 

In today’s current economic climate food security is climbing up on the political agenda. Saving your own seeds is one of the ways to ensure a local food security as well as giving yourself a valuable source of seeds for many years to come. 
 All the seeds saved are from plants that are grown organically. We also focus on local and heritage varieties.This means that these seeds will be more suited to local climatic conditions and will be more suited to organic growing conditions; a soil treated with natural fertilisers.

If you are interested in this workshop you must book through the Growing the future website

Click on link to take you to the website.

Seeds are one of humanities greatest resources. We rely upon saving seeds for most of our food, and much of our clothes and our medicines. One seed can produce a plant that will produce many thousands of seeds, each with the potential to produce many more thousands…within this nature of plants lies the value of seeds.

This course is about annual and perennial seed saving. Learning how to save our own seeds can save you lots of money needing to buy seeds in. You also get thousands of them to give away to friends and family.

In today’s current economic climate food security is climbing up on the political agenda. Saving your own seeds is one of the ways to ensure a local food security as well as giving yourself a valuable source of seeds for many years to come.


All the seeds saved are from plants that are grown organically. We also focus on local and heritage varieties.This means that these seeds will be more suited to local climatic conditions and will be more suited to organic growing conditions; a soil treated with natural fertilisers.

I move the cursor.

Solar panels appear to convert radiation into something useful.

Soul sensations, searching for something real, seeking one step ahead, anticipating arrival of someplace new.

Communication is happiness.