Wednesday, June 16, 2010

ETC Voices Podcast 007

Are there bad plants? There are certainly plants I don't want growing in my garden or near where I live, but Cliff Davis has heard enough talk about so-called "invasive plants." He tells KMO why that is, and Albert K. Bates talks about the population surge capacity of the ETC and about the difficulty of putting volunteer labor to productive use.

Music by Old Soul.

Here is the article from the Statesman and the Wikipedia entry from which I read on the podcast.


  1. I like Cliff's points of view. He thinks for himself and has a different take on many things. I've lived in MS most of my life and saw kudzu growing rampantly when I was a child, whereas now it's been mostly irradicated. The stuff is gorgeous and so interesting to look at when it drapes over the trees and creates surrealistic sculptures (but it does kill the trees). Lots of uses and yet not used for anything here, as near as I can tell.


  2. The issue with invasives is not that they are bad as I see it is that they decrease diversity. Places that have low diversity like even a monoculture, are not sable and are impoverished of life. My discomfort at looking at a corn field and at roadsides dominated by non-native species is similar in that I feel the unnaturalness of these landscapes. It is all the more distressing when most of the land I see is the built environs of the suburbs. A bland lawn here, a bland parking lot there oh and also a bland roadside of Kudzu.