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Mystery seeds sent to random US households

By T.K. Randall
July 27, 2020 · Comment icon 80 comments

What type of seeds are these ? Image Credit: Twitter / @VaAgriculture
Authorities in three states are investigating why people have been receiving mystery seed packets from China.
According to reports, the seeds - which arrive in small packages with no indication of why they were sent or what type of seeds they contain - have been showing up in mailboxes in Washington, Utah and Virginia with the only clue to their origins being Chinese writing on the outside.

Officials have since warned people not to open the packets in case they are dangerous.

"Today we received reports of people receiving seeds in the mail from China that they did not order," the Washington State Department of Agriculture said on Friday.

"The seeds are sent in packages usually stating that the contents are jewelry. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants, or be harmful to livestock."
Anyone who receives the seeds should report them to the relevant authorities.

"Invasive species wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects and severely damage crops," said the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

"Taking steps to prevent their introduction is the most effective method of reducing both the risk of invasive species infestations and the cost to control and mitigate those infestations."

Source: The News Tribune | Comments (80)

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Comment icon #71 Posted by inhumanimplant 4 years ago
I could use a Mystery Seed right now.
Comment icon #72 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
They could have send empty bags for their sale brushing and people would have said that they countain virus... Most of the pictures show citrus seeds, these seeds are recalcitrant, they need to be fresh to germinate, so they are just there to add some weight it seems. Good luck planting them...
Comment icon #73 Posted by MrBene 4 years ago
The technique is quite old and it's called "brushing scam". It basically consists in generating fake orders to boost ratings.  A good example of the practice:      
Comment icon #74 Posted by Aroundthecorner 4 years ago
Sowing the seeds of love.
Comment icon #75 Posted by MrBene 4 years ago
I wanted to post the song aswell hahaha
Comment icon #76 Posted by qxcontinuum 4 years ago
China must be banned, subject to embargo, separation and oblivion. Why is that still not happening? 
Comment icon #77 Posted by toast 4 years ago
Because the most (real) big boys&girls know what supply chain means, which you dont.
Comment icon #78 Posted by qxcontinuum 4 years ago
That was 10 years ago, meanwhile local and smal manufactoring sector has bewn encouraged to produce and supply products to all of the major chain supliers. Will you buy steering parts from China? No it is from Mexico. Walk in a clothing store; it's now Bangladesh, go to buy food and you'll see enough local and S american groceries. 
Comment icon #79 Posted by toast 4 years ago
In your dreams. Check, for example, the steel and aluminium demand in the US which cannot be fulfilled by domestic capacities. Another example: active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and finished drugs. The 2 main supply and manufacturing countries are China and India. Also in this case, the US demand cannot be fulfilled by domestic capacities. Same for electronics and a lot of other stuff as well Car manufactures do, US car manufacturers as well. I dont buy cheap and/or Bangladesh made clothes as a matter of principle. And BTW, I didnt talked about potatoes&apples, which should be from ... [More]
Comment icon #80 Posted by Eldorado 4 years ago
Amazon bans foreign plant sales in US BBC News: Link

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