Fast-forward to this story about the Canadian town of Hudson, Quebec, from a few weeks ago:
The last few weeks of August don’t just mean bidding goodbye to summer; for many allergy sufferers, it also means the agony of ragweed season.
But the town of Hudson, Que., is turning to a new idea to give its residents some relief: setting a bounty on the nasty weed.
Hudson has begun paying residents to pull out ragweed, offering five cents a pound for the weed, or 10 cents a kilo...
Some residents are taking on the challenge with gusto. Seven-year-old Kyle Secours has become known as Hudson’s own “Ragweed Terminator.” He’s managed to slice and dice nearly three times his own weight in less than two days.Kyle sounds suitably smart. How long before he (or indeed, any enterprising resident of Hudson) realises that running around town looking for ragweed to dig up is a lot of hard work, which he could save by simply growing lots of it in his backyard? Although to be fair, 10 cents a kilogram isn't a huge incentive (although surprisingly not terribly far from the international price of wheat).
[HT: Marginal Revolution]