This reminds me that I recently saw an item in a newspaper gardening column suggesting that a good way of keeping bamboo from spreading was to pick and eat the tender shoots. Some could be eaten raw, but other types would need cooking -- possibly up to 20 minutes or more -- to make them tender enough to be edible, and only practice would reveal which was which. Although I don't have any bamboo in the garden (and am not much of a gardener, frankly), several years ago I'd noticed a little stand of bamboo shooting up on the edge of the woods behind our house. I have no idea how it got there (birds?) although I do recall reading somewhere that fifty-plus years ago, one of the ideas floating around to bring gainful employment to this area involved planting bamboo. Anyway...by now that bamboo really has spread quite a bit (I expect it will turn up in our garden eventually) even if it isn't quite the sort of bamboo forest to be seen in "The House of Flying Daggers", and it occurred to me that some sort of picking action would be a good thing. So, I clipped the article and magnet-ed it to the fridge, and was getting quite excited about this new source of free food, and wondering when the best time to try it would be...when I remembered: I don't actually like bamboo shoots.
And we don't keep pandas.