Renewable Matter # 4 / June

The Hidden Value of Plants

by Beppe Croce

Camaldolese monks and Franciscan friars utilized forests for useful as well as spiritual, poetical and beautiful purposes. That relationship has quickly been replaced by a productive approach which, ignoring the complexity of it all, miscalculates the economic impact.

 

I will plant, says he, in the desert, cedars, hawthorns, myrtles, 

olives, firs, elms and boxes.” Therefore, if you wish to own plenty
of these trees, and if you yearn to be numbered amongst them,
whoever you might be, endeavour to enter the peace of solitude...

And so you will be a Cedar for the...

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