Greedy Weeds

There is a very great movie called ‘Being There‘ with Peter Sellers who plays a simple, almost autistic, gardener who finds himself advisor to the highest power in the land using gardening examples as an unintentional guru. I made a significant realization in the garden recently with respect to world events particularly with the recent GFC and democratic uprisings in the Middle East. Weeds are very competitive growths that suck out nutrients from the soil reaching for the sun to spread out their leaves and seed as quickly as possible. They occupy as much territory as possible to dominate their environment. Weeds have little value for farming although Cannabis can be the best source of fibre and its oil is a good source of energy. Unfortunately most human weeds are destructive as current and past history shows.

The Middle East uprising is a reaction by the newer, more educated, generations to their ruthless exploitation by rich and powerful leaders. Ironically the fight for freedom is inspired by the West whose TV news crews are welcomed like saviours. Even more ironic is that the West has become like the Middle East and corrupt nations who filter all the wealth from their people into the hands of those with government influence. I source my factual information from an independent subscriber funded monthly magazine called The New Internationalist whose January issue stated the top 1% of population in USA have 34.3% of the private wealth compared to 20% in some banana republics and that it is getting worse. Apparently many non wealthy weeds are gambling they might also be able to get rich so they actually contribute to the problem by working in and supporting the corporations that are feeding the weeds. The West needs it’s own democratic uprising so follow your dollar.

Yours soilingly Peter

Peter Koppes

4 thoughts on “Greedy Weeds

  • I loved the book too Peter, it still sits here on my kitchen bookshelf.

  • Russell Kilbey

    Weeds are often pioneer plants. Bare earth is unnatural and must be grown on. Gardening is very good for the soul. Apparently the smell of good top soil is an antidepressant. I planted twenty rainforest trees and palms yesterday. I have to be carful coz I am allergic to ticks now.
    Weeds the series is also worth checking out.

  • Jim Estus

    Nice article.. You’re correct, there is a lot of change taking place all over the Middle East, as well as more micro environments such as towns, neighborhoods and groups of like-natured individuals. As you suggest, increased media attention, social-network outlets and the like, are in essence not only increasing the general level of educational attainment, but also the basic notion of situational awareness.. Thanks for the New Internationalist link..
    Cheers, -Jim

  • Weeds are sadly misunderstood. They efficiently use the environmental materials needed for survival. They complete their life cycle,spread seeds, germinate,grow, where water is scarce and nutrients few.

    We humans have been slow to befriend them and from them breed tough nutritious crops that do not require the cosseting that many of our current food plants do.

    Weeds are hated because they have refused to cooperate with farmers and the industrial farming elites that poison and dig them up.

    Weeds have found difficult places to live, yet they survive. Before there were humans all plants were weeds.

    Let’s debate it all, Peter!/Garth

    Garth, I am glad you and others are concerned that the image of weeds may be contaminated by comparisons with horrible humans who have proliferated and sucked the life out of our garden with impunity. Love Peter


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