Americans Plant Mysterious Seeds Despite Government Warnings
by Alex Fox/Smithsonianmag.com
In June, Tiffany Lowery of Kentucky thought the seeds had been mailed to her by her planting club, so she sowed them into the dirt and gave them plenty of water and sunshine. But as the plant sprouted from its pot, Lowery came to learn she had made a mistake.
Kelly Dean of local broadcast network WBKO reports that Lowery was one of the many people across America to receive mysterious, unsolicited packages of seeds with Chinese postage. When Lowery realized she had unwittingly done exactly what the United States Department of Agriculture urged recipients of the seeds not to do.
Lowery then contacted the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, which told her to burn the plant or wrap it in two plastic bags and put it in the garbage. The USDA has asked anyone in the United States who received one of the suspicious packages of seeds not to plant them, to keep them in their original packaging and to contact their state’s department of agriculture.
The Guardian’s Amanda Holpuch rounded up Lowery’s story along with those of several other Americans in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas who planted the seeds before getting word that this went against local and….. read more: