Ep. 12: “Beyond the War on Invasive Species” feat. Tao Orion

"Beyond the War on Invasive Species"

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Bringing strong science & good sense to a contentious topic

Tao Orion is the author of “Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration.”

We conversed on May 18, 2020, and we talked about: the difficulty of defining the term “invasive;” the dangers of the pesticides that are used against them; the question of whether they need to be eradicated at all; understanding invasives as symptoms of bigger problems rather than being problems themselves; pre-Columbian indigenous land management; “intermediate disturbance” as a restoration method; the notorious zebra mussel; the roles that invasives play in their new environments; invasives as a stage in ecological succession; the usefulness of invasive plants for food, medicine and crafts; how native wildlife takes advantage of invasive plants; how permaculture can be used in restoration and agriculture in relation to invasive species; and, a recent experience I had dealing with an invasive species on the land where I’m living.

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