Cheerios gave away 1.5 billion wildflower seeds to aid ailing bee populations this month, the brand said, depleting its supply and smashing its goal of 100 million donated seeds.
There's just one teeny little problem: some of those seeds produce plants that are considered invasive in some parts of the country - and completely banned in others. Ooopsie. You know the old adage about the pavement on the road to Hell?
Yes, bees have been dying in appalling numbers, although that trend seems to be reversing, and yes, much of our food supply depends upon the various species of pollinators (as well as bats, which are also pollinators). But it's possible to be a little overzealous in one's desire to help out.
As Lifehacker noted, the seeds include those for forget-me-nots, banned as a noxious weed in both Connecticut and Massachusetts, as well as for the California poppy, listed as an "invasive exotic pest plant" in the southeast. Many of the seeds aren't native to any part of the United States, the site reported.
So that's kind of an issue. It's always best to check prior to releasing, as once out of their native habitat, stuffing the genie back into the bottle isn't usually an option.