On Fridays, I’ll be rounding up interesting news, plant links and other good stuff from around the web. Here’s the first edition.
* The question I get asked most often — besides how to avoid poisonous plants — is, “How can I forage sustainably?” A great tool to help you answer that question is the USDA Plants database. It will tell you whether a particular species is endangered and how long it takes to reproduce.
* Scientists at the University of Cambridge offer proof that intuition is real in a study published in the journal Psychological Science. (But we knew that already).
* The big question on my mind is what’s behind the massive die-offs of of birds and fish. We know we’re living in an era of extinction, but the magnitude is really unusual this time — and it’s more mysterious than ever.
Some people wonder about a magnetic pole shift, others suspect pesticides. The Chinese press is talking about an interesting conspiracy theory involving the murder of Pentagon weapons expert John Wheeler.
Whatever the cause, I do see one silver lining: the public is really alarmed about this. The age of apathy is over. Maybe that’s because we’re only one step on the food change away from the same fate.