Garden's for a Future


Invasives: When Plants and Animals Attack!
November 14, 2010, 6:14 am
Filed under: History

Plants and animals are travelers.

Sometimes, things don’t work out well in the ole jungle, and you have to move out. People do it all the time and so does nature. They just do it differently.

Plants disperse seeds in a variety of ways, but they also can create bonds between animals (like ourselves) traveling with us to new territories. Some times it’s just so hard to give up the things you love

like oranges.

Florida citrus plants are hailed to be grown here in America, but they did not originate here. The origin of oranges is traced back to Asia with no exact locations at this moment. As trade began to develop amongst nations, the Romans obtained seeds from the Persians and it’s spread in Mediterranean region began.

On his voyage to discover India, Columbus ran into what is now the Bahamas and brought orange seeds with him on his second trip. Soon after, the Portuguese brought some oranges with them to Brazil. As it happened in the Mediterranean region, history repeated itself in the Americas. Oranges found a new home.

The same story can be said about peanuts, peaches, limes, tangerines, other citrus fruits,

and animals.

History shows that horses used to be native to the Americas, but for some reason vanished. With the passage of time they were brought back again by the Spaniards. Years passed and wild horses were once again native to this region.

On another note, a story that we have forgotten (or fail to realize) is the migration of people. Like plants and animals that are not “native” to the region, we too place social implications on our own brethren.

But I’m digressing. You can think for yourself and I’ll leave with the words of Woody Guthrie and Sharon Jones:

“This Land was made for You and Me.” – Woody Guthrie

This Land is Your Land” – Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

Definitions:

You: pronoun for second-person or being

Being: a living organism

References:

POWELL, L. (2009). A Review of “Citrus: A History”. Food & Foodways: History & Culture of Human Nourishment, 17(2), 136-138. doi:10.1080/07409710902925912.

Weinberger, E. (2009). Oranges & Peanuts for Sale. (pp. 148-149). Southern Review. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.

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