Arkansas Man Planted Mystery Seeds He Received From China; Here’s What The USDA Wants To Do With Them
(Tea Party 247) – One of the strange stories to come out of 2020, and there are many, has to do with a bunch of mystery seeds that people have received from China — that sends up an immediate red flag, right? — and what in the world they might actually be.
Most folks are throwing them in the garbage, but one man from Arkansas decided to plant them and see what they were. Well, that seems to have gotten the attention of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and they are ready to destroy those bad boys, ASAP.
The plants that sprung from the seeds appear to be some sort of white fruit with the plant growing orange blossoms that sort of resembles a squash plant. An internal analysis by officials at the Agricultural Department say the origin of the plant is Southeast Asia.
Here’s more information from Newsmax:
“Department staff performed an unofficial identification of the plants and determined that it was Benincasa hispida – common name: Wax Gourd, Winter Melon, Chinese Watermelon. Out of an abundance of caution the plant material was incinerated,” Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Public Information Manager Anna Thrash wrote to Fox News in an email. “After further discussion with our USDA partners we will be transferring plant material collected in the future to them for official identification.”
The USDA has received over 9,000 emails from people in the United States who said they received unsolicited seeds, according to USDA APHIS Deputy Administrator Osama El-Lissy. In the agency’s radio broadcast on Tuesday, El-Lissy said that the USDA has collected 925 seed packages so far.
In July, the USDA and Arkansas officials started to warn the public not to plant the seeds once they learned that these mailings were fairly widespread. Multiple species have been identified by the agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
The agency uncovered two noxious weeds in two different seed packs, which contained dodder and water spinach. Another pack included larvae of a leaf beetle, an insect native to the United States.
El-Lissy urged anyone who’s received an unsolicited package of seeds to contact their state’s agriculture department to file a report.
He said that the USDA knows the name of the companies sending the seeds “but we don’t know the background information about these companies and that’s why we’re working with our counterparts in China to follow up on some of these senders.”
El-Lissy added, “We’ve been working with the primary e-commerce companies to use their own systems in stopping future shipments to the United States.”
This is a really strange story, but we should all be cautious should we receive these mystery seeds. Don’t forget that China and their negligence is why we have the coronavirus pandemic in full swing right now. Having a healthy distrust for the Chinese Communist Party and anything that comes out of that nation right now is probably a good idea.
Who knows what the end goal of these mailed out seeds could be?
It’s sort of concerning that some citizens would just go ahead and plant these things without knowing what they are. They could be dangerous to the environment or be carriers for something sinister. Sounds like a bad horror movie plot, but anything’s possible.
After all, this is 2020.