Sunday, May 20, 2007

read it and throw up

More on China's dangerous food export industry from the WaPo.

So pervasive is the U.S. hunger for cheap imports, experts said, that the executive branch itself has repeatedly rebuffed proposals by agency scientists to impose even modest new safety rules for foreign foods.

Unbelievable. I would never buy another thing from China if the country of origin were disclosed, but the basic ingredients can wend through several countries before ending up here on a grocery store shelf.

Would you pay more for food if you could be certain it was safe; if you could be certain it was manufactured here? I'll take our rat droppings and moth wings any day over what's coming out of China.


Blogger Willym said...

Hey but they have the Olympics and that will make all things right!

And we only hear a quarter of what is going on. It is scary, very scary! But as long as there is a market.....

May 20, 2007 10:55 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Putrefying bacteria? Dear God...

If this isn't an impetus to get our asses to the local Farmers' Market or food co-op, I don't know what is.

May 20, 2007 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Big Fella said...

As far as paying more for food if I could be certain it is safe, hell, in the Southern California market grocery prices are already up 5% from last year, at this rate I won't need to bother dieting, I'll eventually starve to death when food costs exceed my income.

I lump China in with Russia, they are developing economies after loosening some of the former restrictive hold on commerece and free enterprise of the Communist dominated era. This is good and bad, as right now it is an untamed territory, and the greedy oligarchs and connected business people are making a killing, both figuratively and litteraly.

As far as being safe from adulturated products from China or anywhere else, how are we to know the source of all of the components of the products we buy, I don't recall ever seeing a point of original listed on any food nutrition label. This is exacerbated by the fact that the United States government departments who should be on top of all of this are totally ineffective and disinterested, another product of the Bushliburton administration.

I think I'll go and spread some vegetable seeds in my backyard now... but I keep forgetting, who knows what substance may have been applied to the seeds back at the seed company, or where those seeds did come from.

May 20, 2007 4:25 PM  
Blogger Ms. Place said...

Only one percent of our imported food is inspected. Scary, isn't it?

May 21, 2007 6:30 AM  
Blogger evilganome said...

Just thinking about this ought to help me loose weight. Crimers, maybe all those hippies were right about back to the land. Okay, not the outdoor plumbing part.

May 21, 2007 1:44 PM  
Blogger rodger said...

"...hippies were right"

Read this...

May 21, 2007 4:55 PM  
Blogger rodger said...

Whoops...try this.

May 21, 2007 4:56 PM  

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