WHY IMPORT SO MUCH FOOD?

People are upset. Their little Fidos and Fluffies are being poisoned by a chemical additive in pet food imported from China. And now it's been found in feed for chickens and hogs. Why isn't the FDA protecting us?

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People are upset. Their little Fidos and Fluffies are being poisoned by a chemical additive in pet food imported from China. And now it’s been found in feed for chickens and hogs. Why isn’t the FDA protecting us?

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Well, inspections by the Food and Drug Administration are a cruel joke. Some 9 million shiploads of foreign food came into our ports last year, yet the FDA sampled only about 20,000. That’s less than one-half of one percent! Foreign suppliers know this, so they’ve turned America into an easy-access dumping ground for fish, grains, fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, and other foods tainted with everything from cancer-causing toxins to illegal veterinary drugs.

But, wait. There’s a much bigger issue here than FDA’s poor inspection record. Why in Holy Hell is so much food being imported into the US? In the past decade, food shipments to our ports have more than doubled, with shipments from China nearly quintupling.

China? We already have a massive trade imbalance with the Chinese – why increase it by buying catfish, nuts, wheat products, and other common foods that our own farmers produce in abundance… and with great quality?

Can you say, Wal-Mart?

Wal-Mart, giant supermarket food chains, and the big food processors from our own country are steadily abandoning American farmers to get cheaper commodities and packaged goods from countries like China where farmers, workers, and the environment are easily exploited. That’s what these retailers and processors mean by “cheap” foodstuffs.

"Two wrongs don't make a right, but three left turns do." --Jim Hightower


And now we’re learning that “cheap” foreign food also comes at a mighty heavy price to us consumers. By the way, these are the same corporations that are trying to kill legislation requiring food imports to be labeled by country-of-origin.

To avoid their bad imports, buy as much of your family’s food from farmers markets and grocery stores that feature locally-grown food.

“Food Imports Often Escape Scrutint,” The New York Times, May 1, 2007
“Imported Food Rarely Inspected,” Yahoo News, April 16, 2007
“FDA Says Livestock Were Fed Pet Food With Suspect Cheimcal,” The New York Times, April 25, 2007
“Filler in Animal Feed Is Open Secret in China,” The New York TImes, April 30, 2007
“Contamination Goes Beyond Pet Food,” Contra Costa Times, April 21, 2007
“Lawmakers Upbraid FDA for Food Safety Failings,” Yahoo News, April 25, 2007

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