Dawn Zimmer on FOX 5 news
Many news outlets had focused on these rogue tomato plants as being “undigested seeds” from raw sewage that backed up during the various floods this year.
In speaking with Dawn, she understands that seeds from fecal matter are only one possibility. The scientist in me mentioned to her that these seeds could have also easily come from regular garbage refuse, such as unfinished hero sandwiches, or even the sauce that Grimaldi’s Pizza washes off their dishes and cookware. I personally cannot believe the media attention that this “raw sewage” possibility has received. No one has done any tests per se, so the origin of these seeds is presently unknown.
Since this has become a story, these plants have been cut down, and the area has been cleared up a bit. Regardless, it’s still very interesting to see what can grow in Hoboken!
FYI, those tomatoes would have been safe to eat regardless of the source of the seeds! If it were lettuce, I’d be a little worried.
Here’s the link to the FOX 5 web page with the complete story.