Introduction

Introduction
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What's in a name? That which we call a weed by any other name would taste as sweet.
What is a weed? Dictionaries tell us it’s a plant in the wrong place, without beauty, or use. Yet who defines right from wrong, and by which aesthetics or practicality are they judged?
Weeds are biology’s most dubious category. Some suggest that, before humans, they were the pioneer species that repopulated land left cleared after such natural events as floods or forest fires, making them so adept at adapting to our disturbance.(1) Others hold that if the definition of a weed is its adaptation to human disturbance, humans are the primary weed under which all others have evolved.(2)
One thing that unites them is that, over our millennia of cultivation and urban development, they adapted to our every turn. In being selected against, they have been effectively selected for; developing exactly the resistance to us we’ve sought to oust.
Yet, without defining them by anthropocentric values, they are just plants with their own agency. They do not bemoan our existence as we do theirs, or endeavour to interrupt our plans, they simply seek to exist.

(1) 289, Mabey, R. (2012) Weeds: The story of outlaw plants. London: Profile Books.
(2) 88, Harlan, J. (1975) Crops and Man. Madison: American Society of Agronomy.