The Washington State Department of Agriculture said in late July it had reports of people receiving seeds from China they did not order and urged people not to plant them. The seeds were eventually found to be mostly harmless, despite the fevered speculation about their provenance. Photo: Washington State Department of Agriculture via Twitter The Washington State Department of Agriculture said in late July it had reports of people receiving seeds from China they did not order and urged people not to plant them. The seeds were eventually found to be mostly harmless, despite the fevered speculation about their provenance. Photo: Washington State Department of Agriculture via Twitter
The Washington State Department of Agriculture said in late July it had reports of people receiving seeds from China they did not order and urged people not to plant them. The seeds were eventually found to be mostly harmless, despite the fevered speculation about their provenance. Photo: Washington State Department of Agriculture via Twitter
David Dodwell
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Outside In by David Dodwell

China mystery seed scare a reminder of our long history with invasive species

  • Wherever we humans have wandered, we have carried our invasive species with us, deliberately or accidentally, despite the vigilance of customs officers
  • The episode provides further proof to the Trump administration of the perils of globalisation and why China should be seen as an existential threat to the world

The Washington State Department of Agriculture said in late July it had reports of people receiving seeds from China they did not order and urged people not to plant them. The seeds were eventually found to be mostly harmless, despite the fevered speculation about their provenance. Photo: Washington State Department of Agriculture via Twitter The Washington State Department of Agriculture said in late July it had reports of people receiving seeds from China they did not order and urged people not to plant them. The seeds were eventually found to be mostly harmless, despite the fevered speculation about their provenance. Photo: Washington State Department of Agriculture via Twitter
The Washington State Department of Agriculture said in late July it had reports of people receiving seeds from China they did not order and urged people not to plant them. The seeds were eventually found to be mostly harmless, despite the fevered speculation about their provenance. Photo: Washington State Department of Agriculture via Twitter
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.