FALLING THROUGH THE OUTHOUSE FLOOR - Can We Not Grow Our Own Food?

(08/11/2007)

OPINION AND COMMENT By Bob Weaver

Corporate media has tenuously reported problems about imported food that Americans eat, arriving on our shores by virtue of "free trade" and the globalized market.

Food companies are among major medias biggest advertisers.

The big story - the globalizing of America's food supply, with frequent reports of tainted and inferior products.

China's rise has meant the demise of America's production of its own food and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs.

The most recent example, one million pounds of Chinese seafood, despite a Food and Drug Administration order that the shipments be screened, landed on family tables.

China is now the USAs biggest source of seafood.

Earlier, the FDA discovered that certain pet foods were sickening and killing cats and dogs, finding contaminants in vegetable proteins imported from China, used as ingredients in pet and animal food. There are also problems with medication.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture discovered that some animals that ate the tainted feed had been processed into human food.

In the US, people have eaten millions of chickens that were given feed tainted with pet food that was recalled. The US government said the human health risk was low.

China destroyed several of their producing plants when they heard about pending investigations.

Consumers in China are accustomed to mass poisonings from tainted products.

China's economic explosion and rise to world power is driven by business that pays workers slave wages, forcing them to toil long hours in dangerous work situations, all in a country that has few environmental standards.

Mexican cantaloupe irrigated with water from sewage-tainted rivers, candy laced with lead and Chinese toothpaste containing anti-freeze are among the recent scares.

The Federal Drug Administration says it inspects less than one percent of imported food cargo.

In addition to growing problems in with US companies, producers in other developing nations are big violators of basic food safety standards, as they woo consumers with a growing appetite for foods like pickled mangoes from India and winter-season fruits and vegetables from Mexico.

Yes, Virginia, the US is moving rapidly toward NOT producing our own food, much of it being imported from China.

The last time I checked, other than money-making, we're not on very good terms with that surging giant.

The unholy marriage between corporations and the US government proclaim such agreements are good for America.

Not being very studious about such powerful movements like centralizing, merging, consolidating, outsourcing and globalizing, It would seem we are throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Such corporate words are used to convince people that bigger is better, cheaper and more efficient.

They have become familiar to most Americans, certainly in the poverty-ridden mountains of rural West Virginia.

In West Virginia we're consolidating and even globalizing education, destroying local control of education and government, all power must go to the big.

The federal government continues on its' massive mission to be all-powerful over it's states.

It seems like we've fallen through the outhouse floor, staring blindly upward at a glimmer of light, trying to believe that it will all work out in the end.

My cousin, Dottie Williams, just returned from Ireland, where they take pride in serving locally grown vegetables and meat. Restaurants post the origin of their food in the menus.

Surely, this country will come to its senses and maintain our own food supply.


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