Lecture at Trinity College Dublin on the 5th September 2014
Stella will be giving a talk on "The Celtic Wisdom of Welsh Herbal Medicine" as a part of the Botanica2014 International Conference
Click on this link for more details http://botanica2014.com/
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 2014. If you are interested in being notified as soon it is completed please email us and place An English Herbal in the subject field.
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.
Following the stunning world wide support of March Against Monsanto on the 25th May with more than 2M people marching in over 48 countries a new petition has been lauched seeking to eradicate the world from the dangers of GMO's.