Invasion Of The Berry Pickers

IT MAY NOT be the California Gold Rush, but the skirmishes over berries are getting nasty in Florida and southern Georgia. At issue is the saw palmetto berry--a popular ingredient in prostate nostrums sold by health-food stores. With little regard for private property, pickers roam through land where the olive-size berries grow wild on shrubs. During the picking season just ended, the Collier County (Fla.) sheriff's office was flooded with trespass complaints from local landowners, who want to bring in the berry crops themselves.

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