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The story of honey in the U.S. is emblematic of the larger problem of food imports. It is a tale replete with reminders of how unfair competition can hurt America, and lessons on what to do and what not to do about it. For years the Chinese dumped tons of honey on U.S. markets. Dumping is a practice whereby, with the help of their foreign government’s state subsidies, producers in one market can sell their goods at below cost in another market and still make a profit.
The longer the United States runs a trade deficit, the more damage we do to our country. Our massive trade deficit is sending hundreds of billions of American dollars overseas every year. Our “free trade” deals have put our manufacturers out of business, and they have made the American public reliant on foreign producers to meet their everyday needs. As we spend more money on foreign goods, there is less money available to be reinvested in American manufacturing.
Apparently, China is beginning to take its own food safety a bit more seriously. According to Food Safety News, the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration has published a blacklist of individuals no longer permitted to work in the food industry there. These are, it is reported, lifetime bans. The individuals in question also received jail terms of a few years.
How much longer are our leaders going to allow toxic, unsafe food to cross our borders, unchecked? Many people may not be aware that the United States gets much of it’s food from foreign countries via imports. The scary thing about this is that very little of what we import is actually properly inspected, and many of the countries — like China — that we import meat, seafood, rice, and other foods from, have unsafe food production practices that could potentially result in food-borne illness here in the United States.