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    Default Agriculture Officials Warn Unsolicited Seeds Mailed From China To Various States

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    07/27/20

    Multiple states warned Monday that unsolicited packets of seeds allegedly mailed to U.S. residents from China could be harmful if planted.
    “The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species,” the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a press release.
    “The packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them.
    “Invasive species wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects and severely damage crops. 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.”


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    Default Re: Agriculture Officials Warn Unsolicited Seeds Mailed From China To Various States

    How very odd. Multiple questions come to mind. Obviously, why? How did China get US addresses? Why didn't someone, some agency like the USDA, grow some on to see what they were? And so on.
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    Default Re: Agriculture Officials Warn Unsolicited Seeds Mailed From China To Various States

    They look very like citrus seeds to me, or possibly cardamom. Yes, why didn't they germinate a few? It may even be a vicious weed.

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    Default Re: Agriculture Officials Warn Unsolicited Seeds Mailed From China To Various States

    More about the mysterious Chinese seeds this morning from EcoWatch: https://www.ecowatch.com/seeds-maile...e992f-85964677

    And here are at least two possibilities as to what those mysterious Chinese seeds might be about:
    http://www.hispanicchambercincinnati...-the-park-3610
    https://www.activityshelter.com/prin...the-beanstalk/
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    Default Re: Agriculture Officials Warn Unsolicited Seeds Mailed From China To Various States

    I'm thinking one, kudzu, and another, the snakehead fish. Both are invasive species from China and the latter can actually walk on land long enough to get himself to places where he is definitely not wanted. Just like that big red NUCLEAR LAUNCH DO NOT TOUCH button, the one someone will touch before the paint is even dry, you know damn well someone is going to plant those seeds and live to regret it.
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    Default Re: Agriculture Officials Warn Unsolicited Seeds Mailed From China To Various States

    I might have been tempted to plant a few in a pot, not in the garden, to see if I could recognise what came up. Can the snakehead fish breed from dry seeds?

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    No no, of course not. I was just using the fish and the vine as examples of invasive species that originated in China and somehow made their way to the US. I think another one is the longhorn beetle that arrived in Evanston, Illinois in the wood of a pallet that contained fragile china. That beetle has since migrated across states to the Northeast where it continues to do damage to certain species of trees.
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    Default Re: Agriculture Officials Warn Unsolicited Seeds Mailed From China To Various States

    Islander, sorry, I misunderstood. We have really strict quarantine laws in WA, sometimes ridiculously so, but it has protected us from many pests and weeds. Seeds from China wouldn't have been allowed unless labeled as something else. We learned our lesson from the cane toad (don't have it in WA) but our worst pest is still the Mediterranean fruit fly, impossible to eradicate. Many trials have been conducted and a lot of money has been spent on it to no avail.

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    Yes, the Mediterranean fruit fly is here too.
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