FAST FIVE: "Tens Of Thousands" Received China Mystery Seeds In The Mail, And Many Planted Them

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Official word from various government agencies, including the USDA, was to not plant the seeds and instead alert their local authorities.

They found that hundreds, if not thousands of people planted the seeds.  Vice filed 52 FOIA requests to obtain the information and pored through “thousands of pages” of e-mails, spreadsheets and documents to try and figure out what, exactly, what going on.

They estimate from their finding that “tens of thousands” of Americans received these seeds.  States like North Carolina had more than 1,000 people contact its Department of Agriculture about the problem.

I guess China because it looks like Chinese writing.

Lisa Delissio, a professor of biology at Salem State University in Massachusetts, said: “If any of the unidentified seeds turned out to be invasive species, they could displace native plants and compete for resources and cause harm to the environment, agriculture or human health.” Bernd Blossey, a professor in the department of natural resources at Cornell University commented: “Obviously planting rosemary or thyme in your garden isn't something that will endanger our environment.

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