It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Originally posted by OhZone
My brother once told me that he has purchased some fruit juice, that siad it was bottled in CHina.
WTF! Are we sending our fruit to China to be processed?
Can't we do it here anymore?
Any disruption to farm supplies may precipitate a uniquely urban food crisis in a relatively short time.
Further dictators and warlords have used food as a political weapon, rewarding their supporters while denying food supplies to areas that oppose their rule. Under such conditions food becomes a currency with which to buy support and famine becomes an effective weapon to be used against the opposition.
The West has been using the technology to modify seeds' genes not only to increase agricultural production, but also, and more importantly, to kill the traditional seed banks of other countries. Once the West succeeds in its endeavor, these countries would become totally dependent on its genetically modified (GM) seeds and lose their ability to ensure food security for their people and even have sovereignty over farm products.
Western countries have been trying to "colonize" the production of rice, wheat, potato and other food products, too. Li says such seeds are more dangerous to China's national security than opium in the 19th century.
Bush's move proves that in this age, most major farm products can be used as weapons by linking them with oil, US dollar, the international exchange rate, or spot or futures markets.
Leo Hepner, a food-ingredient consultant based in London, says vitamin C is a good example.
"The price in 1995 was $15 per kilogram," Hepner says. "Today, the price from China is $3.50."
No one can compete with that. So most Western producers of vitamin C have shut down.
That's globalization. But there's a hidden price for cheap goods. Earlier this year, lead-contaminated multivitamins showed up on the shelves of U.S. retailers. And this spring, vitamin A from China contaminated with dangerous bacteria nearly ended up in European baby food.
For years, U.S. inspection records show, China has flooded the United States with foods unfit for human consumption. And for years, FDA inspectors have simply returned to Chinese importers the small portion of those products they caught -- many of which turned up at U.S. borders again, making a second or third attempt at entry.
Now the confluence of two events -- the highly publicized contamination of U.S. chicken, pork and fish with tainted Chinese pet food ingredients and this week's resumption of high-level economic and trade talks with China -- has activists and members of Congress demanding that the United States tell China it is fed up.
“...it's almost impossible to tell which foods have ingredients from China.
"As much label reading as I did, there's no way I could know whether or not I was buying something with ingredients from China," says Bongiorni, who documented her experience in a book, "A Year Without 'Made in China.' "