Kudzu (Japanese Arrowroot) is extremely invasive in the United States, Canada, and now Australia.

What is odd about this, however, is that kudzu is edible, an excellent livestock feed, medicinal, contains starch, fixes nitrogen into the soil, can be used to make fibre (ko-hemp), as well as ethanol.

While monocrops of maize are being grown for 4 out of 7 of these potential uses, an invasive plant that grows so fast you can see it with the naked eye is being sprayed with herbicides.

In light of this, I propose a novel solution to the elimination of useful invasive species: harvest them.

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See also: Bishop’s Weed

#invasive species #legumes #nitrogen fixation #foraging
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