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Robin Harford
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Ethnobotanist | Forager | Plantwalker
Ethnobotanist | Forager | Plantwalker

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A 10 minute film documenting Frank Cook’s vision of the relation between humans and plants, and how knowing plants and their uses as food and medicine can bring communities into closer harmony with nature. WATCH FOR FREE HERE: http://fbgo.uk/1DgqsVU
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Garlic Mustard & Three Cornered Leek Vichyssoise... Recipe available at http://fbgo.uk/1NvFyNl  
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In Episode 2 of the Eatweeds Podcast Robin Harford interviews Russian plantwalker and herbalist Olya Maiboroda, about how we can know plants beyond the usual botanical methods.

Something that pretty much all indigenous cultures have in common, is that we where foragers before botany was even dreamt up, and as a result how did humans discover the medicinal and edible uses for plants?

Trial and error is usually what people give as the answer, yet 50,000 heck even 5000 years ago there just were not enough people on the planet to make trial and error a viable option, so might there have been “other ways of knowing” that we have forgotten?

This podcast challenges the usual assumptions, and the rigid grip that the botanical elite still lay claim that their science is the only true way to know plants. Post your thoughts and comments on the podcast page.

For me personally and having just returned from Burma after spending some interesting time with members of the Karen Hill Tribe, I learnt the way they teach plant identification to future generations.

Time to step outside our cultural boxes, and blend the ancient ways of knowing with the new ways, because both compliment each other. No longer is it an either/or scenario but more a both/and.

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"Laws in several countries in South East Asia do not recognise the rights of indigenous forest dwellers on the grounds that they are nomads who leave no permanent mark on the landscape. Given that we can now demonstrate their active management of the forests for more than 11,000 years, these people have a new argument in their case against eviction."

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Tribal peoples are being illegally evicted from their ancestral lands in the name of “conservation”... Read more: http://www.survivalinternational.org/parks
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