Irradiation and seeds

Leigh lh at
Wed Dec 5 11:42:34 EST 2001

As a follow up on this issue, there was an article in the Washington 
Post yesterday saying the post office was having second thoughts 
about irradiating mail.  Apparently, besides costing a lot (which is 
probably the post office's major concern), it makes the mail smell 
nasty, burns the edges of some letters, discolors plastic, damages 
credit cards and, of course, destroys biologicals (the post didn't 
mention seeds- which wouldn't be on the average city dwelling 
reporters' radar screen - but did mention damage to pharmaceuticals 
and medical samples).

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