Melamine And China
Human Food Exports

From Patricia Doyle, PhD

Hello Jeff - I watched a news segment last night on China and its food exports. Again, I have to ask: WHY are we buying food from these people?
During the segment, they showed video of the mass of pollution entering the waterways. Completely untreated chemical runoff was shown coming out a pipe from a large industrial area and pouring into a waterway used for agriculture/farm irrigation. So, this deadly brew is going right into the vegetables and crops we import. Pollution is a BIG problem in China...worse than anything we have in the US.
The report went onto to show a direct admission by Chinese that the wheat gluten was deliberately infused with melamine to bolster protein content of the less than adequate wheat gluten. It is also in rice and corn gluten.
We have no way to know how many human foods contain wheat, rice and corn gluten from China.
We don't know what crops are shipped to us containing heavy metals and cancer-causing pollutants from the toxic chemicals in the irrigation water. When I go to a grocery store, I don't know what to buy. I thought eating veggies was healthy, but now seeing how we import them from China, I most seriously doubt their value. I am sure that most processed foods now contain Chinese ingredients...many of them clearly tainted and toxic.
I think the only answer to all of this is individual home gardens. I guess we will have to grow our own food. I know most tomatoes we buy throughout the year in grocery stores are horrible. They have no taste. I remember my Dad's tomatoes in our own garden. They were so delicious I would eat them right off the vine, warm. Sometimes with a little taste of salt added. Delicious.
The news reports showed that many of China's farms are small farms, many only 3 acres. So, why can't we, American citizens, grow our own veggies in our backyards. We might have to learn how to make preserves as well.
Jeff, I no longer trust the food in any American supermarkets. I find myself longing for the "old" days of the pre-1970s when we just did not do business with China. Now we are flooded with endless Chinese junk...including toxic crops, vegetables and so forth.  Global free trade is not what it was meant to be. We are now eating poison on our dinner tables. I would much rather pay more for food that I KNOW is not from China or other places that serve up poison and toxic chemicals for added nutrition content.
Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
Univ of West Indies
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