John Kempf wrote:I really would like to develop a new lexicon, we need different words rather than "weeds", "pests" and "pathogens". These words lock us into an incorrect perspective on functional ecosystems.
The german word for weeds is Heilkraüter, 'healing herbs', we need something with this definition for the english language.
Maybe insects become 'landscape healers'? What ideas do you have?
Hans Quistorff wrote:
Space and nutrient competitors and predatory competitive controls. Nutrient accumulators and recyclers.
s. lowe wrote:I like to think of plant "weeds" as visual communication from the field. They are a way that my soil can call out to me to tell me something about its history, its present state, its needs/wants etc...
I struggle with insect pests and respecting them but as I've gotten more into breeding and seed saving I find they are wonderful tools for culling.
Maybe "signal plants" to replace weeds and "signal bugs" to replace pests. Just the shift from seeing them as enemies or invaders to seeing them as allies offering up a message is a profound shift