A so-called “weed” growing right in your front and back yards could hold the key to being the most effective cancer-fighting compound in the world.
Being exposed to different kinds of antibacterial and antiviral herbs is natural when you grow up on an herb farm. Long before I knew what herbs were used for, I saw how they were grown, cut for different uses, and packaged for herbal retail companies. You’d think I adopted the use of herbal remedies before I started my own family. Read more
Pestalotiopsis microspora is a species of endophytic fungus capable of breaking down and digesting polyurethane. Originally identified in fallen foliage of common ivy (Hederae helicis) in Buenos Aires, it also causes leaf spot in Hidcote (Hypericum patulum) shrubs in Japan.
Its polyurethane degradation activity was discovered in the Yasuni National Forest within the Ecuadorian Amazonian rainforest by a group of student researchers led by molecular biochemistry professor Scott Strobel as part of Yale’s annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory. It’s the first fungus species to be able to survive exclusively on polyurethane and, more importantly, able to do so in anaerobic conditions. This makes the fungus a potential candidate for bioremediation projects involving large quantities of plastic. Read more
With a philosophy of grow, support and protect, One Organic – a seedling nursery based in Byron Bay – can offer gardeners, growers and good food lovers plenty of sound advice. They also advocate slow, natural growth, no plant pushing, which this organic nursery says “is all too common in the industry today”. Read more
In the Byron hinterland village of Coorabell, more specifically at Sunnyview Farm on Friday Hut road, I meet Kieran Weston and his wife Lyndel. I immediately recognise Lyndel from photographing her at The New Brighton Farmers market where her welcoming smile and knowledge of her organic seedings sold me organic Kale at their stall One Organic, I actually bought a few seedlings that day, seedlings that I grew in my garden and I used as medicine to heal myself from a chronic illness last year.
I spent a few months eating nothing but organic meat and the green vegetables that were grown in my own garden and that coupled with following my friend Sarah Wilson’s book “I Quit Sugar” and I lost weight and any sign of Hashimotos Thyroiditis that I had been medicated for, for over 10 years. No more medication and I have barely even had one sick day since.