In cities across the United States, people have found unsolicited packages in their mailboxes containing mysterious seeds from China and Kyrgyzstan. According to ABC News, agriculture officials in at least 15 states have warned residents not to plant them — as nobody knows yet what they are.
The packaging is rather easily identifiable. The thin gray bags are typically adorned with shipping labels from Suzhou, a Chinese city west of Shanghai. While they describe the contents as varying jewelry, confused find a clear bag of seeds upon opening the packages.
State and federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DOH), and Department of Agriculture (USDA) are now actively investigating the bizarre matter. While the motivation behind it remains a mystery, the USDA stated firmly: “Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.”