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Mystery seeds sent to random US households

Posted on Monday, 27 July, 2020 | Comment icon 75 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 (75)

Tags: Seeds

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #66 Posted by Humbled Hypocrite83 on 3 August, 2020, 7:39
Maybe you need a hug or kick in the a$$ or something 
Comment icon #67 Posted by Humbled Hypocrite83 on 3 August, 2020, 9:09
If your going that route than your nothing more than a big child    
Comment icon #68 Posted by Rolci on 3 August, 2020, 12:29
If the govs are trying to stop this from keeping happening it means one and only one thing. And that is not that they are dangerous but that these are seeds that are not genetically modified like all all those seeds available to farmers because they original, natural seeds are banned.
Comment icon #69 Posted by Helen of Annoy on 3 August, 2020, 14:07
1.-2. Trump's sucking up to Putin and openly blathered against NATO. So you try educating yourself first, and if you continue to support that blob even after you find out who he is, then it's you who should seek help for your mental problems.  3. Make me     See, one of the reasons why Trump is devastatingly bad for the US.  You just try the same approach he does, with the same result. You're increasingly isolated and ridiculed. It's what Putin wants from Trump and his cult is too stupid to see the obvious.    Back on topic, let me repeat that unwanted parcels are a method of boosting sales nu... [More]
Comment icon #70 Posted by keithisco on 3 August, 2020, 19:21
Unsolicited seeds from China? I would be concerned what they are coated with, wouldnt anyone?
Comment icon #71 Posted by inhumanimplant on 3 August, 2020, 22:28
I could use a Mystery Seed right now.
Comment icon #72 Posted by Jon the frog on 4 August, 2020, 22:48
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 on 7 August, 2020, 2:17
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 on 7 August, 2020, 4:52
Sowing the seeds of love.
Comment icon #75 Posted by MrBene on 7 August, 2020, 8:47
I wanted to post the song aswell hahaha

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