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Mystery seeds start turning up worldwide

Posted on Sunday, 2 August, 2020 | Comment icon 71 comments

Who is sending the seeds ? Image Credit: Facebook / Washington State Department of Agriculture
Packets of unidentified seeds have been turning up, not just in the US, but also in Europe, Canada and the UK.
Last week we reported that households across several US states had been receiving mysterious packets of seeds in the mail.

The packages, which seemed to have come from China, were marked as containing jewelry - apparently in an attempt to bypass seed transportation restrictions.

Since then, it has been revealed that the mysterious seed packets have been turning up in other countries too, such as Canada, New Zealand and the UK.

International authorities are now attempting to determine who might be responsible.
"Biosecurity is of vital importance and we have robust checks in place to protect our plants and wildlife, including for online plant sales," said a spokesman for Alpha - the Animal and Plant Health Agency of the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

"We are currently investigating packages of seeds marked as 'ear studs' sent to people in the UK. Anyone who has received such seeds should not plant them and instead report them to us."

A spokesman for China's foreign ministry claims that the Chinese addresses have been forged.

There is also the question of how the sender acquired the recipients' names.

"We don't have enough information to know if this is a hoax, a prank, an internet scam or an act of agricultural bioterrorism," said Kentucky state agriculture commissioner Ryan Quarles.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (71)

Tags: Seeds

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #62 Posted by XenoFish on 3 August, 2020, 2:18
If the only thing you're after is to tick me off, welcome to my ignore list.
Comment icon #63 Posted by Scholar4Truth on 3 August, 2020, 2:31
From my reading it looks like they identified some of these seeds. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/07/31/usda-identifies-some-seeds-appear-sent-china/5555404002/ To be honest in some ways I think this is a sick prank being played. Just as we had the whole clown scare a few years ago, I would not be surprised people around the world are doing the same thing.
Comment icon #64 Posted by third_eye on 3 August, 2020, 2:49
~ Monsanto "Protection" Act Well done...  ~  
Comment icon #65 Posted by Humbled Hypocrite83 on 3 August, 2020, 7:06
That could've been easily achieved with your mindset a long time ago... no that is not my goal
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.

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