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Sep 3, 2020

Have you noticed the plants growing in your city? Invasive plants seem to thrive in any environment. What if I told you most of these plants are not only edible but extremely nutritious? Find out more on our podcast episode, with the inspiring Dr. Philip Stark.

What you’ll get out of tuning in:

  • How invasive plants can nourish you 
  • How to start connecting with the plants around you
  • How your health improves with plant diversity

Links Mentioned in Episode:

Show Highlights:

  • Cate shares her experience trying to promote invasive species
  • Cate talks about her beliefs about invasives and nutrition
  • Cate explains the different tastes in Ayurveda


  • 3:16 Edible plants in cities
  • 9:01 Connecting to the food you eat
  • 20:11 Toxins in city plants
  • 27:09 Plant diversity and health

Guest BIO: 

My research centers on inference (inverse) problems, primarily in physical science. I am especially interested in confidence procedures tailored for specific goals and in quantifying the uncertainty in inferences that rely on simulations of complex physical systems. I've done research on the internal structure of Sun and Earth, climate modeling, earthquake prediction, the Big Bang, the geomagnetic field, election auditing, geriatric hearing loss, the U.S. census, the effectiveness of Internet content filters, endangered species, spectrum estimation, urban foraging, and information retrieval. I am interested in numerical optimization, and have published some software.

I've consulted in product liability litigation, truth in advertising, equal protection under the law, jury selection, trade secret litigation, employment discrimination litigation, import restrictions, insurance litigation, natural resource legislation, environmental litigation, patent litigation, sampling in litigation, wage and hour class actions, product liability class actions, consumer class actions, the U.S. census, clinical trials, signal processing, geochemistry, IC mask quality control, targeted marketing, water treatment, sampling the web, risk assessment, and oil exploration.