All Things Healing
Dylan has been taken on as a co-editor at the allthingshealing.com website where I will be doing a series on “Metaphysical Herbalism” and featuring the work of other herbal colleagues. I have just posted my first article The "Kalahari Bushman Anecdote" along with one by Stella called "Welsh Herbal Medicine" they are now both online.
An English Herbal
An English Herbal has been coming on a pace, though there is still plenty of work to be done it. I hope the project will be completed by the end of summer. We have been working on the project for about 3 1/2 years and it is good to see it is finally taking shape. It is a much more ambitious work and follows on chronologically from where the Welsh herbal finishes. If all goes well it should be completed at the latter end of 2013. If you are interested in being notified as soon it is completed please email us and place An English Herbal in the subject field.
Herb Walks & Talks
During the late Summer and early Autumn Dylan presented three talks at the Alliance Therapy Carmarthen which generated interest in our work: They were entitled "Herbal Medicine – Good Honest Medicine", "Glycobiology - The Sugars of Healing" and "Hand Reading - What does your palm reveal?" If you missed them and are interested in hearing these talks, then they will be repeated in due course in 2013. Alternatively if you know of any groups who need speakers on these topics then email us and place Talks in the subject field.
More walks and talks for 2013 to be posted soon.
Recently there has been massive worldwide interest in the traditional Welsh stories that are included in our “A Welsh Herbal - A Herbal Journey through the Culture and Places of Wales,” some of which a few are available on this website. In response Stella has compiled and written more stories. In the next few months these will become available as eBook download from the website and booklet formats. Watch this space! If you would like to be informed as to when these are available then please email us with Welsh Stories in the subject field.
A big thanks to all of you who responded to the awareness of GMO’s in the food supply in the USA and California in particular. Despite defeat of prop 37 in California, the good news is that the pressure and heightened public awareness that the campaign created is likely to lead to national laws labelling whether foods contain GMO’s or not. Following on from the 20 years of GM technology a newly published EU report recommends the severe limitation of planting GM crops in Europe and a whole swath of legal controls of the industry.
A new threat affecting our herbs and foods is the attempt of Biotech companies to get patents on the seeds of our fruits, vegetables and herbs. This is a very serious threat to our food freedom and should be resisted all cost. If you have not already done so please sign the following petitions immediately; The first is about closing the loopholes in EU patent law that is enabling them to apply for patents on seeds. The second is the issue of preventing the patenting our common heritage - to plant seeds we want to grow.