Discussion Questions

Scientific investigations often take a great deal of time and money. Is it worth the effort to check out scientifically the past uses of plants?

A return to exclusively herbal medicines is being advocated in some quarters. Is this a good idea? What are the pros and cons?

Would you expect drugs produced naturally by plants to be more effective or better than drugs produced synthetically? Why?

If you were asked to single out the three most important families of the 16 discussed, which would you choose? Why?

A number of wild edible plants were mentioned in this chapter. What would happen if a large portion of the population were to gather these wild plants as a major source of food?

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