Field Notes: Opinion – Words Versus Worth in Nature

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Language is a powerful tool in shaping perception – perhaps one of the most effective. I’ve been told that my tea cabinet is full of ‘weeds’, which leads me to reply that the word what a ‘weed’ is, is in the eye of the beholder.  It means a plant devoid of value, something to be pulled up and disposed of. As someone who takes interest in the ecological and medicinal value of plants and all other organisms, I am reluctant to call any plant a weed or dismiss any species with a signal word.

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