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Plants For A Future – a 7000 edible plants database that’s good enough to eat


One of the scary things about living the modern comfortable life is how far removed we are from the basics. For instance if the transport system died tomorrow, do you know how you would get stuff to eat?

Nope, we’re not sure either, but thanks to this Plants For A Future online searchable database we now have an idea of what plant is great for making soup and also treating coughs. [Hint] The site is maintained by a charitable trust and is based around the work done by ex bus driver Ken Fern in the southern part of the UK.


The 7000+ plant database contains descriptions, illustrations and photos as well as detailed information on how to cultivate the trees, bushes and plants to ensure maximum yields.You can download the individual pages in PDF form, or by paying a small sum grab the whole database as a download or via a CD ROM. Some of the plants on offer are truly versatile (e.g. Sassafras as a tea, condiment, antiseptic and dye).

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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