Mass poisoning of Australian seedlings

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The Independent Online

Was it a competitor or a mere vandal who poisoned 7 million vegetable plants at a seedling nursery in Australia?

Local growers in Australia's largest winter vegetable growing region are keeping their suspicions to themselves while 12 detectives investigate the A$23.5m (£13.5m) sabotage in Queensland state's Bowen region.

Most farmers and agriculture experts agree that the significant loss could increase fresh produce costs across Australia in the coming months. Some say prices for tomatoes could double or even triple.