Editorial: The Law of Unintended Consequences
We have only to look at kudzu – that pernicious vine that gains a foothold and then takes over acres and acres of land, covering everything in its path – to see the law of unintended consequences at work.
Originally introduced in the U.S. as an ornamental plant and then used for erosion control, kudzu liked our Southern climate so much that it literally took over. Who in the South hasn’t seen roadsides and trees and formerly open spaces covered with the stuff?
Likewise, Asian carp began to be imported from China into the U.S. 40 years ago but have now become so prevalent in the Mississippi River that desirable native species of fish have lost the inherent competition for food and living space.