US-Chinese relations have never been more strained. First, China lied about the Chinese Coronavirus while exporting it around the world in an attempt to crash the American economy and get rid of Orange Man Bad. Then, China escalated its spying to the point where the State Department ordered a Chinese consulate in Houston to close. Oh, and we also arrested a Chinese scientist who was engaged in some good, old fashioned espionage.
Now, however, things are starting to get a little weird. Virginians are being warned to beware of unsolicited packages filled with seeds apparently mailed direct from China.
No, I’m not kidding:
Several Virginia residents have reported receiving unsolicited packages from China that contain seeds.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) sent out a news release Friday urging residents to not plant the seeds.
The type of seeds in the package – which appear to have originated from China – is unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species, officials said.
According to the VDACS, the packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese characters written on them.
“Taking steps to prevent their introduction is the most effective method of reducing both the risk of invasive species infestations and the cost to control and mitigate those infestations,” VDACS officials said in a release.
The VDACS helpfully tweeted out a photo of one of the suspicious bags of seeds.
— VDACS (@VaAgriculture) July 24, 2020
Virginians are right to be cautious. Aside from the obvious weirdness of accepting and planting strange seeds randomly mailed to you from a foreign land, invasive species cost the US billions of dollars per year. They destroy crops, befoul waterways, and push out native species and spoil habitats. China could do worse to attack the US economically than sending a few packages of invasive seeds to some unsuspecting rubes.
What better (and cheaper) way is there to put pressure on an already ailing economy?
Moral of the story: don’t accept seeds from Chinese strangers…or any strangers for that matter.