Friday, February 12, 2016

Internet Propels Invasive Species

By Chris Bennett, Farm Journal Technology and Issues Editor.  AgWeb. 
 Friday, February 12, 2016

Ten websites, 50 days and 2,625 plant species for sale at the click of a button. Specimens were sold in 55 different countries spread across the globe. … Of the 2,625 species up for grabs, 510 were invasive. Hang on for the kicker. Out of the 510 invasive examples, 35 are on the International Union for Conservation Nature’s 100 worst invasive species list.   

The Internet has merely compounded a deeply rooted problem for agriculture. 

Karan Rawlins, Invasive Species Coordinator at The Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, is quoted throughout the article.