Vermonters warned about unsolicited seeds from China

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is asking residents who have received unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to have come from China not to open them or plant them and to report the package to the agency.

The type of seeds have not yet been identified and the agency had been notified of several Vermonters who were sent such packages, which it called agricultural smuggling.

The seeds could be invasive species, could introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock, the agency said in social media post this week.

“There is concern that if germinated they could wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects or disease could severely damage crops,” the agency said.