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Thursday
Jan132011

Books We Like: The Lost Language of Plants

The Lost Language of Plants by Stephen Harrod Buhner is a fascinating book about the ecological importance of plant medicines to life on Earth. It serves as both an exposé about the pollution of our bodies and environment and a tale that hopes to re-enchant us with the world of nature. Filled with fascinating facts about plant and insect life, chemistry and interconnected growth, it will broaden your perspective on the role of the "things" we normally take for granted.

Here is an excerpt from page 174:

Plants circulate throughout ecosystems, between ecosystems, and across and between continents; the longest seed dispersal distance known (without human help) is 15,000 miles. Plants, in fact, move themselves throughout landmasses and across distances that mere seed dispersal and mathematics cannot explain. The places they move to and the ways they arrange themselves in ecosystems are not accidental and are not random. Plants arrange themselves in ecosystems and throughout continents to fulfill specific functions; their spatial arrangements exist for a reason.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in medicine, health and the environment.

-Dorothée

Special thanks to Anastasia Royal for the tip!

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So happy you love the book -- I think it's Michael Pollen on crack, in a good way.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnastasia royal

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