APRIL birth flower is one of a number of new crop varieties introduced by the USDA in a bid to curb balloon-making.
This week, the USDA announced the new crop would be known as the “White Flower Farm” and would be planted in fields near churches and synagogues, along with some other locations.
It’s the first time the agency has officially planted a new crop in a state, although a USDA press release notes that it’s “likely” that more varieties will be planted throughout the country in the future.
In the past, farmers have had to rely on growing their own, and this new crop, as well as the crop that preceded it, are both “high in production capacity and yield,” the USDA said in a release.
“Farmers will have access to an expanded variety pool of crop varieties, allowing them to produce more high-quality produce, with lower prices, for more consumers,” the agency said.
Some people are skeptical about the crop’s long-term prospects, however, as the USDA has been forced to respond to a number new concerns, including that the new varieties can be toxic to bees, and that they’re “unnatural,” especially when grown outdoors.
But for some, the new variety may offer a silver lining: A recent survey found that 70 percent of consumers who were asked if they thought the crop was safe or not would support the planting, and 72 percent of them would consider planting it again in the coming year.
White flowers have been used as a traditional wedding decoration, but they also have a wide array of other uses, including as a symbol of love, and are commonly used as decorations in flower arrangements.
According to the USDA, the crop will grow in fields in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Arizona, California, and Arizona State University.