In the News: Ecological and Ethical Problems of ‘Smudging’

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Sage advice: The ecological and ethical problems of ‘smudging’

Published on October 1, 2020 article by Taylar Dawn Stagner, provides important perspective on the wild sage harvest in California.

Taylar Stagner is from the Wind River Indian Reservation and is currently getting her masters in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. Stagner is Shoshone and Arapaho and loves to write fiction as well.

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“United Plant Savers, a nonprofit that advocates for the preservation of medicinal plants, has put California white sage on its list of threatened species. Director Susan Leopold said the lack of understanding about sage’s sustainability and cultural importance — coupled with its seeming ubiquity — has led people to acquire and use it irresponsibly.

“There are no commercial permits for selling white sage. You can get written permission from private landowners,” Leopold said. “And you can get permits for personal wild-crafting. But also, there’s very unspecific guidelines that sellers exploit.”

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