Green Monster: Martha Teichner Gets to the Root of the Controversy Over Good and Bad Weeds on 'CBS Sunday Morning'

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August 16th, 2012

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GREEN MONSTER: MARTHA TEICHNER GETS TO THE ROOT OF THE CONTROVERSY OVER GOOD AND BAD WEEDS, ON “CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD”

            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) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.

 
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