UPDATE On Mysterious Seeds From China
Did you get any of those mysterious seeds from China in the mail? Some folks were worried about a 'bio attack'. Local and federal government officials asked us not to open the packets and to please not plant them.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture was able to identify 14 different kinds of seeds from different packets sent around the country. “This is a just a subset of the samples we’ve collected so far,” said a spokesperson for the department.
Those packets were filled with morning glory, roses, lavender, mint and cabbages. So far, nothing in the way of bad fungus or anything else that might be harmful.
Nothing bad so far. There are still more packs to be examined.
So why were they sent? A mistake? A marketing ploy?
The Agriculture Department is still asking everyone to NOT plant these seeds.
There is still the problem of planting what does not belong in your region of the country and if these seeds were genetically modified in any way. GM is not necessarily bad. But if it is something our part of the world is not prepared for, it can be.
FROM THE USDA: "At this time, we don’t have any evidence indicating this is something other than a 'brushing scam' where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales," the statement said. "USDA is currently collecting seed packages from recipients and will test their contents and determine if they contain anything that could be of concern to U.S. agriculture or the environment."