In Don Watson’s THE BUSH he tells of Peter Andrew’s belief that weeds are in the eye of the beholder. In general he shares the view of the legendary environmentalist and scientist and writer, George Seddon, that weeds are ‘stateless persons with no civil rights’, ‘dissidents’, plants that don’t properly belong. Essentially, as Seddon says, plants are ranked as weeds if they are contrary to human intention. But what if the intentions are contrary to common sense? For Peter Andrews, so-called weeds are an essential aid to the lands regeneration. If blackberries and willows are holding the banks of the stream together, leave them there. Control them ( as I have done here ) by slashing, planting indigenous trees and DO NOT poison them. ( in our local valley, Wilson Creeks banks are collapsing after recent Coral tree poisonings) For Peter Andrews and a growing body of evidence, the residual effects of the poisons touch the workers who distribute them, the water, the food and the myriad of micro life our eyes can not see. These fact constitute one of the main arguments against herbicides and chemical farming in general. Another argument, now proven, that weeds look after the soil in hard times and restore it for our benefit. The weed, to quote an earlier admirer, is the ‘PIONEERING AGENT OF NATURE’.
From Page 261. The Bush by Don Watson.
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