Is this a remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, or an attempt to sabotage America’s agriculture as an escalation of a trade war? Twenty-seven states have now raised alarms about mystery seeds showing up in mailboxes which appear to have originated from China. No one knows what the seeds are, but agricultural experts warn it could produce an invasive species that could choke off legitimate crops.
Beijing’s regime has spent the last several years, at least, refining and perfecting its hacking operations to penetrate American government and commercial sites. Is this China’s attempt to “hack” our agricultural industry?
Agriculture officials in multiple states issued warnings Monday about unsolicited shipments of foreign seeds and advised people not to plant them. In Kentucky, the state agriculture department was notified that several residents received unsolicited seed packets sent by mail that appeared to have originated in China, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said.
The types of seeds are unknown and could be harmful, Quarles said, stressing that they should not be planted.
“We don’t know what they are, and we cannot risk any harm whatsoever to agricultural production in the United States,” he said. “We have the safest, most abundant food supply in the world and we need to keep it that way.”