A poisonous alien in the form of a dangerous plant called hogweed is actively infecting more and more territories in Russia, writes the authoritative edition of the New York Times. Journalists emphasize that the poisonous sap of the weed plant can lead to blindness and third-degree burns.
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To pass through the tall thickets of plants, the authors of the material claim, is impossible without a special protective suit. In addition, the publication emphasizes that initially the hogweed grew in the Caucasus, but after the end of the Second World War, during the active restoration of the Soviet agricultural sector, the country's agronomists decided to use this fast-growing plant for feed to cattle. As a result, they began to grow it in hardly all corners of the Soviet Union. However, by the eighties it became clear that hogweed negatively affects the taste of cow's milk.
The problem was also that by that time it was almost impossible to restrain the uncontrolled reproduction of the plant. One hogweed bush is capable of producing up to 100 thousand seeds, which allows it to quickly displace lower meadow plants and spread at lightning speed throughout the central part of Russia, which has become a huge problem for the country. The publication of the New York Times also indicates that every year in the country, the hogweed increases the territory it has captured by about 10%.
The only region of Russia whose authorities are trying to combat the spread of cow parsnip, we write the edition, is the Republic of Tatarstan. Not so long ago, Kazan even turned to the federal center for help, noting that over the past 8 years, the area of areas infected with hogweed has increased 10 times. In addition, it is reported that thousands of citizens have already suffered from the poison of this plant, some of them even died.