Man Rescues Car Swallowed by Kudzu

Jason Millsaps rips into a shroud of kudzu covering a car in his Georgia yard. Kudzu is a tenacious growing 60 feet annually. It infests 7 million acres throughout the southeastern United States.<br />
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Kudzu (Pueraria montana), a native of Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines and Pacific islands--was introduced into the United States from Japan in 1876 at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. It was promoted as an ornamental and for animal feed and first planted in Florida in the 1920s. From 1935 to the mid-1950s, farmers in the South were encouraged to plant kudzu to reduce soil erosion, and the Civilian Conservation Corps planted it widely for many years. <br />
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Kudzu forms a dense thicket of little use to wildlife and crowds out other plants, disrupting the ecosystem. Its tuberous root habit makes eradication of this <br />
species difficult. <br />
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Kudzu nicknamed "the vine that ate the south," was eventually recognized as a pest weed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and, in 1953, was removed from its list of permissible cover plants.

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