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Why Is Herbal Medicine So Ripe For Grift?

Practising plant-based medicine is a deeply human experience. Our ancestors developed knowledge through experimentation, and handed down results of this continued experimentation through generations. People developed deep relationships with the plants and fungi around them, and became proficient in utilising them for food, fibres, and medicine. Medicine isn’t something that’s okay to be wrong about. The best-case scenario with being wrong while practising plant-based medicine is that nothing happens, but the worst-case scenario can lead to headaches, nausea, liver damage, kidney failure, and death. Even for plants that are known to be safe, someone may have an allergic reaction that could land them in the hospital. Practising plant-based medicine should…

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Don’t Just Read About The Outdoors, Put Your Boots On The Ground!

For learning foraging and outdoor skills, a foundation of reading is great, but you really have to put your boots on the ground!

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8 Ways To Save Pollinators and Improve Your Garden

Spring is here, and with the warming weather and green blooms comes the constant reminder of ecological collapse at the hands of the ignorant, entitled and just plain selfish. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do in your own spaces to offset their damage until glorious revolution, and in the meantime every pollinator you foster will be vital to carrying on its role and preserving its species. A diversity of tactics is needed to obliterate the agents of ecological collapse, but here are 8 things you can do in your own spaces to be an amazing ecological steward: Think Ecologically Gardens are about a lot more than just birds and…

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Terrariums Have a Hopeful Message For Life on Earth

I like small things. I am an honorary member of the family corvidae. I hoard shiny stones, interesting sticks and dried plants. I am a part-time goblin. I keep small bones, stones and dead insects. I was in the local newspaper once for making terrain for wargames. I don’t care about model trains at all, but boy do I love their accountrements. Flocking. Mosses. Lichens. Foam hills and clay rocks and and plastic trees along a lazy stream of clear resin. I’ve had an obsession with imitating natural landscapes at miniature scale for a long time. It was a relaxing and satisfying hobby; if it had been a few years…

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10 Permaculture Youtube Channels You Can Binge

What is permaculture? In short, it’s sustainable organic farming with a huge dose of praxis and holistic ecology. It’s for people, by people, firmly grounded as inhabitants of a living world. It’s punk rock gardening. If you’re looking to get inspired, love to learn, or just want to zone out to something wholesome after a long day of horrors, here are 10 highly watchable channels representing hundreds of videos you can follow down the green rabbit hole. 1. Geoff Lawton: Permaculture Online 2. Edible Acres 3. Justin Rhodes 4. The Natural Farmer 5. Dirt Patch Heaven 6. Huws Nursery 7. The Grow Network 8. Living Web Farms 9. Growing Your…

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A popular heirloom seed company is in hot fascist water because we live in a hellworld.

You may know Cliven Bundy best as an insane racist rancher who got into an armed standoff with federal agents (and walked away, on account of being old, wealthy and white, and having a militia at his beck and call) over feeling entitled to graze his cattle for free, for decades, on vulnerable grasslands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. After providing more libertarian stroke material than a middle school swim meet, Cliven Bundy largely faded back into the irritable bowels of middle Americans who can’t process information. A quick presser about how America is in upheaval because of abortion, and how ‘the Negro’ was probably better off picking…

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Things Actually Look Pretty F’ing Bad, You Guys

Let me say here and now that I don’t blame anyone for not wanting to look. Unlike most “red pill” scenarios where people are trying to explain away a loss of privilege rather than looking within, for the science-minded person, taking a good hard look at the end of the world is overwhelmingly supported by facts. Once you really wrap your head around the scale of the problems facing our continued existence as a species, it’s hard to view the world through any other lens. It’s always going to be hyperbole to say that the world is going to end, until the day it isn’t. We know it can happen…

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