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Our Government Cannot Stop all Invaders – Take Matters into Your Own Hands
An estimated 88 percent of the nation’s flower imports and 55 percent of the fruit and vegetable imports that arrive by air come through Miami. Yet less than 2 percent of food-related imports are inspected by the federal government.

Of course, once the microbes, critters and weeds make landfall in Florida, they don’t stop at the state border.

Nationally, the cost of damage by invasive species is estimated at more than $120 billion. Government agencies in Florida spend significant taxpayer dollars on prevention, detection, response, research and habitat restoration.


 
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