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.
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“Free Trade” is a Disaster! When will we wake up to the realization that some of the agreements we have signed—most specifically our agreement with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and our agreement with Canada and Mexico, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)—are preventing us from doing what is in our best interests? Currently, we are being controlled and directed–told what to do–by other nations, for their benefit and to our detriment. Our current direction in so-called “free trade” is not just hurting us–it is destroying us.
The U.S. is so concerned with first world food problems and forgetting about the toxic third world food imports. We have so many regulations in place for meats, poultry, fruits and vegetables yet when food comes in from Vietnam or from Indonesia, it seems as if those regulations don’t matter. The FDA is so underfunded that they only have enough resources to inspect 1 to 2 percent of imported seafood!
Overlap of government organizations is nothing new, but it is causing us undue difficulties with food contamination. Foods from foreign nations often are contaminated, creating a toxic food supply for our nation. The way we have divided the responsibility of inspecting our imported food may prevent us from fully resolving the issue.
Mexican vegetable imports are getting out of hand. A couple of weeks ago, human feces were found in Mexican crop fields. A bulk of cilantro comes from Puebla, Mexico where investigators found human feces and used toilet paper in the growing fields. Not just that, but plastic crates and tables were found that were filthy were used to sort out the cilantro. The latest news is that 358 people have fallen ill in 26 states linked to that cilantro.