Thursday, July 08, 2010

Seedling sabotage destroys millions of tomato plants

Seedling sabotage destroys millions of tomato plants: "A SALAD surcharge could pop up on restaurant menus this September when tomato prices look set to double after the mass poisoning of seedlings in one of the country's key growing regions.

"About 7 million plants, including 4 million tomato and 2 million capsicum seedlings, were poisoned when vandals allegedly put herbicide into the water supply at a north Queensland nursery last month.

"Melon, eggplant, cucumber and pumpkin crops were also affected and police are investigating. The Bowen region, about 200 kilometres south of Townsville, produces about 80 per cent of Australia's fruit and vegetables during winter ..."


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