Plant ID please
Two of these now 3 foot tall plants popped up between my comfrey and my black currant, and another smaller one over by the gooseberry, I think just as of this year. They are looking more and more tree like, I may have a root problem on my hands if I don't murder them yesterday. They kinda look like a willow and kind of like a nectarine? Does anybody know what they are? I'm in SW Missouri.

American Beauty Bush at my friend's place here in Missouri is lovely and beautiful. I've read that 🦌 deer like to eat them, not much of a hazard in that location. Surprising to me it doesn't look like the hens in the yard have eaten any of them, and those 🐔 chickens will jump and hop to eat gooseberries off the bush.

I've been saying this for years, though the figures about the scale of dessication practices was new to me, I thought it was just wheat but nope. What's missing I would like to hear is what the crop cultivation looked like before this became the paradigm, the article doesn't really have specific practices to combat the industrial and farmer assertion that this is the only viable practice, which is necessarily historically false.

"Herbicide Is What’s for Dinner"
getpocket.com/explore/item/her?

The phrase "injunctive relief" is rattling through my brain now. For a big newspaper, I appreciate the broadness of scope of remedial action envisioned by the author. The causal list is long but I would have also appreciated mention of the nationwide buyout and removal of city trolley systems by fuel/auto complex.

"Americans Shouldn’t Have to Drive, but the Law Insists on It

The automobile took over because the legal system helped squeeze out the alternatives."

theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/?

Levi's clothing to mainline a cotton-hemp blend because of advances in fiber processing, expects to have 100% cottonized-hemp garments in five years. I really hope that knowledge isn't hoarded because hemp's implications for land use, carbon, sequestration and other environmental inputs and outputs make it quite important.

businessinsider.com/levis-inve?

An article in The Atlantic re success with plant essential oils in ag and medical praxis and research as replacement/supplement to antibiotics, reminds me of recurring conversation on a local Skeptic's group on Facepalm before i quit. 1. meme: LOL look at the sad woo hippies and their mystic oils, how unscientific and fake. 2. me: actually it fucking works, here's a chemical/physical mechanism, here's research. 3. Skeptic: Fake cuz your study size is below that of Merck Pfizer research proportions, FDA is Arbiter of Truth, Hail Science! 4. Me: capitalism creates regulatory capture and underfunds public research especially when no fresh patent is involved, your appeals to market force and to authority are underwhelming bad skeptic bad, and you are inherently forbidding proles to tend to their own wellbeing. 5. Skeptic: you're a paid essential oil shill. 6. Me: I in fact used to work at a natural market, I like not being evil you Petro-fascist.

theatlantic.com/health/archive

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