Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Don't eat unless you know it's produced locally. Anything for the sake of profit, including passing off poison as food. Fuckers.

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Anonymous tater said...

So, 75% of China's food exports come from small factories which could be tainted with pollutants, chemicals, recycled expired food, etc.? This is fucking horrifying. Glad I read labels and shop at the farmer's market...

June 27, 2007 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Doralong said...

It's a mess- no doubt about it.. But at this point the politics of local consumption are turning a bit ugly as well.. The huge agribusiness monopoly spells trouble for all of us- if only american consumers will wake up and take a look at what they're purchasing.

Heck, even the Slow Food Movement is starting to snipe at one another..


Most of their Victual Reality articles will make you scratch your head and wonder what indeed is going on..

June 27, 2007 4:11 PM  
Blogger Red7Eric said...


However, I've gotta say, I love how you can end a post with a simple "Fuckers" and still sound every inch the lady. It's a secret that you and Tallulah Bankhead share, apparently.

June 27, 2007 4:18 PM  
Blogger here today, gone tomorrow said...

I've started listing these incidents in the sidebar of my blog...just want to see how it starts to add up. Very scary, indeed.

June 27, 2007 5:29 PM  
Blogger Willym said...

Eric - I think its a southern thing don't you?

Lynette the stories I have heard over the past three years about things in that country scare the hell out of me. For reasons that may or may not be obvious I won't go into them - but as I'm sure you're aware its not just the food. When they were challenged on their environmental record a Chinese official said: then stop creating the demand.

Yesterday the temperature in Beijing was 44c with a thermal inversion. The polution from the largest steel plant in the world - located in the west of the city - was being held down by the heat and the chemicals in it were creating more heat and toxic fumes. Interestingly none of the Olympic Committee members seem to have taken that into consideration when they vote YES. And its only June can you imagine August?

June 27, 2007 5:51 PM  
Blogger David said...

I was at the Fairway last weekend buying groceries and grabbed a nice big bad of frozen broccoli, then I read the label and saw it was from China and I put it back and found one from Mexico instead. I did it because I don't like the Chinese government, but now I'm doubly glad.

I also read an interesting article in The New Yorker where a reporter was held hostage at a factory for almost an entire day because the foreman didn't like the questions he as asking and the pictures he was taking. When the police and local officials were called, they had no authority to intervene. The businesses are the ones in control of that country and the government can promise all they want, they are so deep in the pockets of Chinese industry that they are at their mercy.

June 27, 2007 9:53 PM  
Blogger rodger said...

Eric cracks me up...of course he's right!

Fortunately we grow most of our veggies and those we don't we purchase from local farmer's markets and co-ops.

We have also taken to canning and freezing like our mother's and their mothers did. At first I was almost embarrassed to admit I canned but now I brag about it. Full circle I guess...and safe.

June 28, 2007 12:53 AM  
Anonymous lynette said...

everything i read on this issue seems to say we're powerless to effect any change, and at the mercy of the manufacturers over there. since the mid '90s, our food production has increasingly been based on chinese imports, such that 80% of our food comes from other countries.

how the hell did that happen? other countries used to buy food from us. we're not capable of producing enough food for ourselves? it's just crazy, crazy.

willym, of course i had to go do the centrigade-to-fahrenheit conversion to see that 44 C is 113 F. how horrible! yes, the olympics ought to be a real blast for all of those athletes. maybe that will focus more attention on china's terrible environmental record.

ugh. i'm in the middle of another article about this and the laxity of standards on imports is horrifying and atrocious. i'll be reading every label i can from now on and eating as much unprocessed food as possible.

June 28, 2007 7:30 AM  
Blogger Almost Vegetarian said...

The shopping locally idea is great. But then you remember the tainted spinach (and other problems) and even your local farmer's market is concerning. It's a sorry state of affairs no matter where you turn, I'm afraid.


June 28, 2007 1:52 PM  
Blogger Willym said...

Sidebar to the temperature/polution comment I made - the China News Agency quoted a Government Official as saying the polution that day was "mild" - you couldn't see across the fucking street. Wonder what he considers "serious" - having to chew you way through it?

June 28, 2007 3:47 PM  
Blogger Ms. Place said...

When you are in China, you are lucky to get a clear day. The air is so polluted that you see everything through a haze 6 days out of 7. My sister-in-law refused to eat the meat. After a while, she refused to eat at all. Want to lose weight? Go to China, imagine all that gunk in the air is saturating the food and the soil, and stop eating. It worked for her. She lost 7 lbs. in 10 days.

June 29, 2007 8:48 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

I have a myriad of digestive and dispeptic conditions, but when I was in Italy where you really don't have a choice but to eat locally grown foods (even in restaurants) all of these ailments seemed to disappear. Go figure.

June 29, 2007 9:46 AM  
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