Domestication of poison ivy
falk at peregrine.Sun.COM
Wed Nov 18 18:20:52 EST 1992
In article <1992Nov13.152842.5843 at infonode.ingr.com> jimreed at b23b.b23b.ingr.com writes:
>In article <BxMIuM.Moq at news.cso.uiuc.edu>, cl27111 at uxa.cso.uiuc.edu (Christopher Lindsey) writes:
>|> This brings up the interesting issue of ethics in gardening. Is it
>|> ethical for people to plant species that may damage native habitats (i.e.
>|> kudzu, Purple loosestrife) if they find it attractive? Is it ethical to
>|> plant harmful plants that have the ability to spread off of your own
>|> property, such as Poison ivy?
>|> Just thought I'd bring that up... :)
>Personally, I'd call the topic of ethics in gardening odd rather than
>interesting (or perhaps interesting because it's odd). But anyway,
>let me extend your questions.
>Is it ethical for people to kill native plants if they find them
>unattractive? Is it ethical to kill harmful plants that have sprung
Yes, and yes; because you're limiting the damage to the area where you
kill the plants. (Unless, of course, you're killing endangered species.)
If you import noxious non-natives; it's almost a certainty that the
damage will spread. See kudzu in the south, killer bees in South
America, rabbits in Australia, snails in Northern CA for examples.
-ed falk, sun microsystems
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