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Have You Eaten the Feather-Shoe?

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) is one of the most valuable wild plants for those following a rewilding path.  It offers food, medicine, and relatively strong fibers for those that know how to identify and process this plant.  One of its indigenous names is wiphunakson (pronounced weep-hoo-NAHK-sun), which means “feather-shoe” in Passamaquoddy, a very fitting name for this species’ […]

Rewilding Fundamentals

Rewilding is a process for creating humans who can live in a healthful, truly sustainable manner, in close connection with their local landscape (i.e., as part of the wild ecology).  It is a trajectory that anyone can follow, regardless of where they live.  Experiencing greater health, heightened awareness, further self-reliance, and more real community does not require […]

Our Misplaced Focus on the Economy

The number one concern in American politics today is the economy. Americans are convinced this is THE most important issue facing the nation. In fact, we are told by many politicians that any attempt to protect the environment in this critical time will result in lost jobs and set economic growth back. Much as in […]

What Do Olives and Acorns Have in Common?

The Answer: they are both rich in a healthful monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) called oleic acid. Consumption of oleic acid has been linked to decreases in blood pressure and LDL cholesterol (both of which benefit cardiovascular health). Further, MUFAs normalize blood clotting and benefit insulin levels. Olive oil is approximately 75% oleic acid (the remaining […]

Traits of Hunter-Gatherer Diets

Hunter-gatherers serve as wonderful models for examining the food habits of humans. Not only has hunting and gathering been practiced since long before anatomically modern humans appeared, but the people that practiced this method of food acquisition represented some of the healthiest people on the planet (those that were still consuming their traditional diets and […]

The Zen of Cheap Stuff

Most everyone recognizes that there is truth to saying “you get what you pay for”. For the most part, cheaper products don’t function as well as higher priced goods. Further, products made with cheaper materials don’t last as long and are more likely to be defective and/or break sooner than the higher priced items. In […]

Domestication and the Concurrent Loss of Responsibility

If people were to examine the lives of wild animals, they would clearly see that these organisms are responsible for every aspect of their lives—acquiring nutrition, keeping warm, avoiding predators, rearing young, and so on. If we contrast this with farm animals, we see a completely different existence. Domesticated animals do not need to secure […]

The Super Food That Grows In Our Back Yard

I used to marvel as I walked through the aisles of natural food stores—the shelves were full of the most amazing, healthful foods from all over the world. Just read the labels, they speak to the astonishing benefits of these foods, ranging from antioxidants to vitamins to flavonoids to minerals. The labels also speak to […]