Kudzu revisted (off topic) Re: Today is your last chance to comment on new US plantimportregulations

aaron floden aaron_floden@yahoo.com
Wed, 21 Oct 2009 13:57:55 PDT
 Kudzu was not introduced by Fairchild. It was introduced for fragrance in 1876, and likely even before that. It was not until it was widely planted as a make-work program that it began to spread. But, following private property rights, it should be the introducers responsibility to remove an invasive from their own and others property. Fairchild was insightful enough to do it on his own before it became a major problem for him, something very few of our government officials have.

  Kudzu has been found to moderate blood glucose levels, aid in the metabolization of fat deposits when consumed and many more uses. It is also edible par-boiled and cooked with butter like spinach. 

 Aaron Floden

--- On Thu, 10/22/09, Ellen Hornig <hornig@earthlink.net> wroteRecently I reread David Fairchild's _The World Was My Garden_ (the truly 
magical autobiography of one of the great masterminds of US plant 
introduction), and was amazed to find that he grew kudzu on his own property 
and then struggled to get rid of it *before* the Soil Conservation Service 
started planting it widely to control erosion (Fairchild, p. 328).  This 
suggests two things to me: first, a private individual (collector) could in 
fact be responsible for introducing a pest (Fairchild, realizing his 
mistake, paid "over two hundred dollars", somewhere between 1900-1905, I 
believe, to get rid of it, but not everyone would make a comparable 
investment); second, information does not always travel far and widely 
enough, because Fairchild was apparently not aware of the Soil Conservation 
Service's efforts until he saw them written up in a bulletin.  There is 
nothing in his book to suggest he tried to interfere or get them to 

I toss this in only because, self-interest aside, the importation and 
cultivation of new species is NOT always harmless, private growers CAN get 
their hands on and circulate a new pest, and I am therefore a fencesitter on 
the subject of regulation, because I honestly don't know what is the best 
(or even a good and effective) approach.



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