Residents in all 50 states have reported getting suspicious unsolicited packages of mystery seeds in the mail from China.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and agriculture official across the country have warned people and advised them not to plant the seeds arriving mysteriously in their mailboxes. The officials suspect that these seeds could be from an “invasive plant species.”
They said that invasive plant species can destroy crops and native plants and insects. Therefore, not planting the seeds is the only effective way to stop the infestation caused by invasive plant species and prevent the cost of mitigating the effects of the infestation.
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says "At this point in time, we don't have enough information to know if this is a hoax, a prank, an internet scam or an act of agricultural bioterrorism,"
According to RedState
All this week stories have been coming out like weeds through the sidewalk that people have been receiving through the mail parcels with seeds that they have not ordered. What began as a local curiosity has mushroomed into a national story, as now thousands of people have reported receiving these unrequested deliveries in over half of the states across the country. The packages have postal markings seemingly from China, and agriculture officials have been very wary.
Reports have been received from every state in the country, according to CBS News, and agriculture officials have been issuing warnings to anyone who receives these packages. The order is to not plant any of these, and if possible to send the samples in to local agriculture or extension offices. One woman in Kentuscky who initially believed them to be a gift from a gardening club actually grew some in a pot, who has since been instructed to carefully take steps to destroy the plants she cultivated.