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One Tasmanian's 54-year obsession to catalogue all of the world's edible plants to end malnutrition
by Margot Kelly
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21 August 2020
On 21 August 2020 ABC News [Australian Broadcasting Corporation] reported:
When agricultural scientist Bruce French was teaching agriculture in Papua New Guinea, his students had a strong message for him. They were sick of being taught about western plants and wanted to learn more about their native produce. 'I knew nothing about those, so I had to learn them,' Mr. French said. 'And I just kept going. What about the next country, and the next country? In the five decades since, Mr. French has created a database of more than 31,000 edible plants, which is almost every plant from every country on earth. His work is used to address malnutrition across the globe and in 2016, he was named an Officer of the Order of Australia.
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