Sage is being poached in massive quantities from Native land. Here's why
Sage is having a moment. You can find bundles of it for sale everywhere from Whole Foods to Amazon, Walmart to small boutiques.
It’s become popular to use it to smudge your home — a cleansing practice taken from Native American communities that have used it in religious practices for millennia.
But now, as sage has ballooned in popularity, journalists and activists are uncovering a dirty truth about the sacred desert plant: It’s being poached in massive quantities.
Debra Krol covers Indigenous affairs for the Arizona Republic and dove deep into the story in recent months.
The Show spoke with her to learn about the problem.