Katy Perry’s latest record, Prism, has been deemed a biohazard in Australia. It’s not because of the hazardous level of boring tunes, but rather because the artwork in the deluxe version of the record is made of seed paper, a kind of biodegradable paper that contains wildflower seeds. Perry has been urging her fans to plant the liner notes in order to “spread the light,” something the Australian government says could be a concern.
While there’s already an Australian version of the record that uses seeds native to the country, environmentalists are worried citizens and visitors could transport international copies of the record into their country, and that those could contain plant species that could be invasive to the continent’s ecosystem—something that Australia has strict rules against. A spokesman for Australia’s Department of Agriculture said, “Seeds or plant material of international origin may be a weed not present in Australia or the host of a plant pathogen of biosecurity concern.” So. nice try, Katy Perry, but no dice. Your devious plan to ruin the ecosystem of a whole continent has been thwarted… this time, at least.