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Martha Teichner gets Tangled in Weeds on CBS Sunday Morning

UPDATE:  If you missed the show, here’s the story about weeds.  And to answer a commenter asking about a book mentioned, it’s Foraged Flavor by Wong.

From CBS, via press release:

Martha Teichner with weed-eating goats.

To some, weeds are the scourge of the earth, killing precious crops along the way. To others, however, weeds are a source of food. On this weekend’s broadcast, CBS SUNDAY MORNING correspondent Martha Teichner gets to the root of the love-hate relationship people have with weeds, and the various ways folks have learned to live with them – or try to put them out of existence.

“This is an absolute enemy of the state, no question whatsoever,” weed scientist Stanley Culpepper of the University of Georgia tells Teichner of Palmer amaranth, also known as pigweed. Pigweed has destroyed cotton and soybean crops in the south.

“If you go to the beach and you shouldn’t have, this plant will beat you, so it is war, and it’s a war of survival because this plant will put you out of business,” Culpepper says.

Some places are using goats to keep the weeds down, while others are relying on chemicals to fight back.

On the other end of the spectrum, though, are folks like New Jersey’s Tama Matsuoka Wong, who supplies edible weeds to a couple of the fanciest restaurants on the East Coast. Grabbing a weed, Matsuoka Wong says, “it’s very nutritious and it’s really good as long as you’re picking it the right way and cooking it.”

Teichner’s piece will air August 19 on CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD (9:00-10:30 AM, ET).

Show spokesman Richard Huff added in an email that it’s a “fun piece.”  Fun for whom – Martha, the goats?  We’ll just have to tune in to find out.

Posted by on August 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm, in the category I Don't Have a Garden, but I Watch One on TV.
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6 Responses to “Martha Teichner gets Tangled in Weeds on CBS Sunday Morning”

  1. Quote:
    ““This is an absolute enemy of the state, no question whatsoever,” weed scientist Stanley Culpepper of the University of Georgia tells Teichner of Palmer amaranth, also known as pigweed. Pigweed has destroyed cotton and soybean crops in the south.”
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    Hey Stanley, why don’t you take it up with your Science cousins over at Monsanto, Bayer, Syrgenta, DuPont and other GMO Franken-Organism facillities where their Frankenstein techies have exacerbated the problem by creating those superweeds they insisted would never happen.

    On a possitive note, the goat idea is a great one and the pesticide idea is like giving an Eslimo a popsicle when it’s 80 below out. Wish I could see the show, but Europe is out of reach.

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  3. Marc Daniels says:

    Just in time for the start of the new school year, comes a new idea to adress the bullying epedemic–one that is rooted in the spirit of kindergardening and gardening: weed out hate; sow the seeds of peace. An idea, so strikinig because it allow kids at a very impressionable age, to actually experience principles of diversity and social inclusion every time they root of a weed to prepare a flower bed for sowing sunflower seeds, the seeds of peace.

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    • zipporah says:

      The weed that was shown on a farm with thousands of seeds that grows tall in days ..i can show you how to cook it its a veggetable in many Nations .Thats why its resistant to chemicals that kill weeds.

  5. Sandra Knauf says:

    I’m with “Timeless Environments.” Goats turning weeds into . . . goat’s milk, cheese, ice cream, meat? It’s making lemonade out of lemons. Get a clue, scientists, in the 21st century it’s now very, very clear we have to work with Nature, not against her.

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