"If you look at the cumulative effect of livestock production, no other human activity has a larger negative impact on the environment in the West," says Wuerthner, who cites the effect on water quality, soil erosion, exotic plant invasions, and endangered or threatened animal species.
The audience already knows the story of the nerdy orphan in a skid-row florist's shop whose secret formula for producing a giant exotic plant earns him fame, fortune, and the heart of a masochistic beauty named Audrey.
More than 900 exotic plant species--everything from the infamous kudzu to trees such as the Australian pine, melaleuca and Brazilian pepper-- have moved in, finding the state's mild climate, absence of enemies and disturbed soils much to their liking.
During that comment period, AF&PA advised APHIS that any import restrictions (either treatment or ban) be implemented on a country-by-country basis, based on a risk assessment of exotic plant pest introductions, one of the options currently being considered.
IF Gareth Welsh can't be found in his beloved Butterfly World, which he set up in Preston Park 19 years ago, then the adventurer is sure to be crouched down low hiding behind an exotic plant in the jungle.