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US: Amazon bans sale of seeds from abroad

Recently, Amazon banned the sale of seeds from outside the United States. That could give American seed farmers a renewed chance at a growing market and an appetite for gardening amidst the pandemic. And one American company is at the forefront of it.

When mysterious seeds started showing up announced in American mailboxes this summer, the concern from environmentalists was fair: they could be invasive species, they could be damaging for the local environment, and that they should not be planted. But some Americans did. And local agricultural departments around the country were inundated with calls and messages of plants in surrounding areas dying or questions about 'why did I get a packet of seeds from China that I didn’t buy?'

That forced Amazon to take action — and the online marketplace has banned the sale of all seeds from foreign locales. On September 30, sellers who use Amazon’s warehouses to sell seeds from abroad will see their listings being removed.

Read more at Forbes.

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