Saturday, August 16, 2003

Buyers Beware

This article from the Bonita Daily News describes the problems Florida has trying to deal with the purchase and sale of invasive plants over the internet. Internet sales, especially via auction sites, can be tricky, since a species can usually be sold in some states while completely banned in others. The example given in the article is water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), a popular aquatic species which is illegal to possess in Florida. There will always be some sellers that are more cautious than others, but I have to wonder, how many states would a species have to be banned in before someone says "Hmm, maybe I shouldn't be selling this at all anymore"?

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