It's not every accounting conference that the attendees have a chance to come away with a bit of horticulture knowledge.

Speaking earlier this week to a crowd of CPAs, it wasn't statistics, or legalese, or accounting theory that Public Company Accounting Oversight Board member Charles Niemeier turned to in describing the problems at the root of the accounting environment. It was the mozo bamboo plant. And in making the case for the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, it was the history of the automotive seat belt.

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