The Global Forest: Forty Ways Trees Can Save Us

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A lushly written, compelling tribute to trees-grounded in a wide range of scientific knowledge.

Renowned scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger presents an unforgettable and highly original work of natural history with The Global Forest. She explores the fascinating and largely untapped ecological and pharmaceutical properties of trees: leaves that can comb the air of particulate pollution, fatty acids in the nuts of hickory and walnut trees that promote brain development, the ...

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Overview

A lushly written, compelling tribute to trees-grounded in a wide range of scientific knowledge.

Renowned scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger presents an unforgettable and highly original work of natural history with The Global Forest. She explores the fascinating and largely untapped ecological and pharmaceutical properties of trees: leaves that can comb the air of particulate pollution, fatty acids in the nuts of hickory and walnut trees that promote brain development, the compound in the water ash that helps prevent cancer, aerosols in pine trees that calm nerves. In precise, imaginative, and poetic prose, she describes the complexity and beauty of forests, as well as the environmental dangers they face. The author's indisputable passion for her subject matter will inspire readers to look at trees, and at their own connection to the natural world, with newfound awe.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780143120162
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/29/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 770,194
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a botanist and medical biochemist who is an expert on the medicinal, environmental, and nutritional properties of trees. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and on NPR. A scientific advisor to the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, she lives in Ontario, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Bloodlines 7

The Sweet Savannah 11

Magical Trees 15

A Suit for Sustainability 19

The Paranormal 24

Home, Sweet Home 28

Heroes and Hormones 32

A Handful of Nuts 36

The Forest, the Fairy, and the Child 40

The Aboriginal 44 Bioplan for Biodiversity 48

Smile, Monkey, Smile 52

The Medicine for Mammals 56

Oh Mother, Dear 60

The Flowers of the Forest 64

Of Forests and Art 68

A Chat About Climate Change 71

The Paper Trail 75

Fragrance 79

Two-tier Agriculture 83

"Let There Be Light. . ." 87

Sacred Trees 91

Forest Food 95

Hedgerow Heaven 99

Warning from the Forest 103

Silent Sound 107

Medicinal Wood 111

The Sexual Revolution 115

Computer Country 119

Nutmilks and Creams 123

The Invisible Forest 127

Global Warming 131

The Birds and the Bees 135

DreamWorld 139

The Marriage of Lichens 143

Green Sex and the Affairs of the Heart 147

Dirty Laundry 151

Passion at Play 155

The Medicine Walk 159

The Forest and the Fire-keeper 163

Acknowledgments 169

References 171

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