by Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society:
Are you one to spread chemicals on your lawn to eradicate everything but the grass seeds planted, one to turn on the mower and just cut (because it’s all green when it’s cut short enough), or do you investigate each “weed” to determine what it is and whether or not it’s useful? The truth is, many weeds serve a purpose and may be more important than you think.
A growing number of people are starting to see the value in weeds, people who are interested more in the food and medicinal value of plants than they are the aesthetics, and those who realize the plants we commonly refer to as “weeds” could really be the future of sustainable eco-consciousness.
Lewis Ziska is a plant physiologist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. He studies weeds and their applications in human health and food production. As of late, he’s been looking very closely at a wild plant known as red rice.
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