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“Hope for love, pray for love, wish for love, dream for love…but don’t put your life on hold waiting for love.”
― Mandy Hale
“ With impact-evaluation results in hand, policymakers in poor countries will increasingly be able to rely on evidence wen deciding how to use their scarce resources ”
William Easterly in Africa’s Turn?
“ Striving for success without hard work is like looking for fruit in places that you didn’t plant seeds! -Rev Run ”
Knowledge about plants that can cure or kill has been prized, and feared, for centuries.
Flip through an enchanted botanical book and learn the history and mythology of many poisonous plant species.
I wonder … what does it take for a plant to be poisonous? As Paracelsus said:
All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; only the dose permits something not to be poisonous.
That a plant is medicinal, poisonous, or just plain delicious/nutritious is up to the mouth that mascerates it, so to speak.
Whether it’s the bitter compounds of coffee beans (which also contain the potent insect neurotoxin/human stimulant we call “caffeine”), or any number of bitter leafy greens (whose compounds are meant to discourage feeding bugs), where we find plants producing bitter we find plants begging “Please … please no, please go do something else, I’m gross and bad for you.”