Back in the late 1800's, the wonder plant of the century was brought to the United States from Asia.
This non-native plant promised to be the answer to erosion control, preventing the slow washing away of the precious soil necessary to produce abundant crops.
AND--it provided low cost but protein rich fodder for the livestock which was a large part of the economy at the time.
And the added bonus---it was a beautiful shade producing ornamental plant.
FINALLY the easy way to kill three birds with one stone---erosion control, fodder, and shade. Man had imported the inexpensive answer and paid to have it planted extensively in the more temperate parts of the country.
With a change in the economy, caused by the increase of the machine age, farmers abandoned their farms and moved to the city. And the miracle plant was left untended.
Fast forward to the next century, the fast growing-sun seeking-highly invasive vine -has taken over entire forests and effectively killed everything in its path by blocking the sun light.
What man had thought was the miracle answer has turned into the choke hold of death.
The beautiful kudzu vine has turned into the ugly stench of ruin. And the worst thing has just been discovered by scientist-