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Gifts & Deals
Nov 29, 2011
| ISBN 9780143120162
May 13, 2010
| ISBN 9781101404539
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Nov 29, 2011 | ISBN 9780143120162
May 13, 2010 | ISBN 9781101404539
A pioneering scientist writes of the benefits of forest bathing and the fascinating ecological and pharmaceutical properties of trees – the inspiration for the documentary Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of TreesRenowned 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.
The basis for the documentary film Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees – a compelling tribute to trees, grounded in a wide range of scientific knowledge One of the world’s experts on how trees chemically affect the environment, Canadian scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger is on a mission to save the planet- one newly planted tree at a time. In this new book, she skillfully weaves together ecology, ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality, science, and alternative medicine to capture the magic spell that trees cast over us, from their untapped ecological and pharmaceutical potential to the roles they have played in our cultural heritage. Trees not only breathe and communicate; they also reproduce, provide shelter, medicine, and food, and connect disparate elements of the natural world. In celebrating forests’ function and beauty, Beresford-Kroeger warns what a deforested world would look like. Her revolutionary bioplan proposes how trees can be planted in urban and rural areas to promote health and counteract pollution and global warming, maintaining biodiversity in the face of climate change. Presented in short interconnected essays, The Global Forest draws from ancient storytelling traditions to present an unforgettable work of natural history. Beresford-Kroeger is an imaginative thinker who writes with the precision of a scientist and the lyricism of a poet. Her indisputable passion for her subject matter will inspire readers to look at trees with newfound awe.
DIANA BERESFORD-KROEGER is a world-recognized botanist, medical biochemist and author. Her books include The Sweetness of a Simple Life, The Global Forest, Arboretum Borealis, Arboretum America–which won the National Arbor Day Foundation Award–Time Will Tell, and A Garden for Life…. More about Diana Beresford-Kroeger
“On occasion, someone understands a subject so deeply that information is transmuted into wisdom. This book marks one of those occasions – it is rich and hopeful and compelling.” – Bill McKibben “Beautifully written . . .this book delves into environmental sciences with a fresh perspective.” – New Scientist “The essays of The Global Forest are a beautiful and poetic tribute to their subject, based on wide-ranging scientific knowledge.” – E.O. Wilson “Beresford-Kroeger is among the world’s experts in forest medicine . . . She hopes that by educating people about the beneficial effect of forest environments on human health, it will encourage forest repopulation, which will, in turn, counteract the effects of global warming and pollution.” –The Globe and Mail (Canada)“An important book with many significant insights into the interconnectedness of trees and other life forms.” – Orion Magazine
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