First, it started with the coronavirus, then the hantavirus, and the bubonic plague. Recently, in the United States, some residents in the states have complained to the authorities about mysterious packages. These packages have seeds and reports say that they have originated from China. Why is China the source of all misfortunes during this year?
The United States Department of Agriculture
The USDA is the United States federal department accountable for developing and implementing laws related to farming and food. It targets to fulfill the needs and wants of ranchers, promotes agricultural trade, working to ensure food security and provide protection to natural resources.
Recently, the department’s officials warned about the unrequested delivery of the mysterious packages. It advised the victims not to plant them in their lands.
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
The APHIS is an agency of the US Department of Agriculture located in Maryland. It is accountable for protecting animal health and welfare and the health of plants. The agency has cooperated with others to protect the United States agriculture from pests and plant diseases.
During the event, the agency said that it would collaborate with the fed to look into the matter.
“USDA is aware that people across the country have received suspicious, unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to be originating from China.”
The agency says the USDA is gathering seed packages from people who got them and test what the seeds contain. It also said on Tuesday that it did not have any proof showing that there was a matter of concern other than a brushing scam.
Brushing in the E-commerce
Brushing is a false way that people use in the e-commerce sector to increase the ratings of a particular seller. This is done through the creation of false orders. A seller might give somebody a little money to place a false order. At other times a seller might use another person’s data to place the fake order. These false orders can increase the ratings of a seller and their products may be at the top of search results on websites linked to e-commerce.
The Kentucky State Event Updates
The residents told the state agriculture department officials of unrequested seed packages delivered through a mail. Reports say that the packages may have come from China, the epicenter of coronavirus.
Ryan Quarles, the agriculture commissioner, says that the seeds are unfamiliar and could be dangerous. He urged the residents not to dare plant the seeds in the ground as they may be harmful to the soils.
“We do not know what they are, and we cannot risk any harm whatsoever to agricultural production in the United States. We have the safest, most abundant food supply in the world and we need to keep it that way.”
Ryan Quarles says anybody in the state getting packs of unfamiliar seeds ought to report to the state agriculture department.
Reports from Reuters say that people from over 5 states have gotten mysterious packages of the unfamiliar seeds.
The Reaction On Social Media
The Maryland agriculture authorities said in a tweet on Twitter they were collaborating with the USDA to look into the matter.