When one thinks of China, more often than not images of overpopulation and pollution—particularly smog-filled, crowded cities—come to mind. Other environmental concerns that China faces include toxic metal dumps, ocean reef collapse and more. Coupled with overpopulation, China has turned towards clean energy to help lessen the blow dealt by the previously mentioned concerns.
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Seafood was once known as been a dietary must in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Doctors and experts would always state how important it was to eat two seafood meals a week in order to prevent common chronic diseases. Nowadays, seafood can nearly kill you. It’s not that the unique vitamins and fats in the seafood have changed—it’s that the seafood is contaminated with bacteria coming from polluted waters overseas.
The United States imports a large amount of its food from foreign countries. In fact, according to United States Census data, food imports doubled in the United States from 1997 to 2008. Over 60% of imported food comes from countries like China. The danger of importing food products from foreign countries is that they are often improperly produced. Improperly produced and consumed meat is the largest cause of food-borne illness.
While the U.S. has made strides in increased oil and gas production and higher efficiency standards, we still import much of the oil we use every year, which adds to our massive trade deficit. For every $1 billion in trade deficit we have, we lose 9,000 jobs. We must do a better job of protecting our economy by making sure we are competitive with the rest of the world.