What’s in your food?

Sensei Post in Recipes and Health Facts

In our zeal for a “global economy” we (American’s) tend to forget that very few other countries have standards as high as ours. Nor are there as many health protections…
China’s food safety woes expand overseas. The list of Chinese food exports rejected at American ports reads like a chef’s nightmare: pesticide-laden pea pods, drug-laced catfish, filthy plums and crawfish contaminated with salmonella. Yet, it took a much more obscure item, contaminated wheat gluten, to focus U.S. public attention on the fact: China’s chronic food safety woes are now an international concern. In recent weeks, scores of cats and dogs in America have died of kidney failure blamed on eating pet food containing gluten from China that was tainted with melamine, a chemical used in plastics, fertilizers and flame retardants. Just as with manufactured goods, exports of meat, produce, and processed foods from China have soared in recent years. Worried about losing access to foreign markets and stung by tainted food products scandals at home, China has in recent years tried to improve inspections, with limited success. The problems the government faces are legion. Pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used in excess to boost yields while harmful antibiotics are widely administered to control disease in seafood and livestock. Rampant industrial pollution risks introducing heavy metals into the food chain.
Say what you want, but this is why I try to only purchase US grown food goods. But this topics brings to mind one question…Why is America, the bread basket of the World, importing food we are capable of growing?…

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