Dear Natural Selection,
Can we have a chat about weeds?
Don’t get me wrong, I am duly impressed with the variety of plants that have evolved under your pressure. I’m all about the plants, and I try to be respectful of the growing conditions you impose in our zone.
But would it kill you to make more of the plants that grow like gangbusters without us tasty? Why can’t they all be like mint and lemon balm?
Sure, yeah, if the weeds were tasty, it would be hard for them to defend themselves against being eaten. But I promise we’re not drinking mojitos every night at Casa Free-Ride. And if the non-tasty weeds keep providing safe haven for the snails chomping on our lime tree, our mojito-drinking capacity will never keep pace with our mint patch.
The snails, by the way, don’t care for the weeds as food either. Instead, they use the weeds as shelter from which to mount raids on our domesticated plants. Yes, natural selection, the plants that adapted to your pressures are beating the plants we developed using artificial selection. You are way more awesome than we are.
But why gloat? Why rub our noses in it? If you’ve given a weed thorns, do you also need to coat it in a resin that makes me break out in hives?
Be the bigger force of nature, why don’t you?