For those people who do not know what today is…it is Earth Day.  This is the day that the “Green” people set aside to honor and preserve the  planet we live on,  In honor to this sacred day, my complaint today will attempt to bring attention to a problem that we have occurring in our food supply and the reality that it is ever-increasing.

What I am talking about is the reality of the fact that the U.S., in 2012, imported 20% of their food supply from China, and this percentage is expected to continue to increase in the future.  While a few years ago, Chinese products dominated the selves of dollar stores, now they are widespread across this nation and Canada, and you will find them in most of our grocery stores.  One such place is the freezer case, where you will find frozen fruits and vegetables.  China is  the fourth largest foreign supplier of fruit and vegetables with Mexico, Canada  and Chile the top three.

Least we all forget the tainted apple juice that came from China or the tainted melamine milk powder, in which, thousands of babies, both here and in China, became sick and many even died.  Other examples are salted duck eggs containing cancer-causing  dyes, artificial honey, fake wine, donkey-hide gelatin, waste oil, sulfur steamed ginseng, plaster tofu, dyed bread, and the list goes on.  Most of the food that is grown in China is done in filthy conditions and are grown in human waste as fertilizer, or in the case of fish, are fed raw sewage daily.  They do not have any Food and Safety Inspectors like in the U.S.  Speaking of food inspectors, we catch and return thousands of shipments of food because of spoilage or foods that are tainted, only to have China attempt to send them back to the U.S. because they know that we have the manpower to inspect and stop only about 10 % of the total supply of food imported into this country.

Some examples are:  China currently produces 89% of the garlic in the world…grown in human feces.  Green Giant frozen vegetables come from China.  Buy only local honey, a lot of honey is shipped in huge containers from China and re-packed here.
Cold-FX is grown and packed in China and is full of fecal bacteria. If the country of origin is not clearly marked beware.  If it is produce that you are buying, ask an employee, where does it come from.  Watch for packages which state, prepared for, packed by, or imported from China.  The country of origin should be clearly marked on the label, but it may also be in the fine print.  Costco sells canned peaches and pears in a plastic jar that come from China.  Another example is in canned mushrooms. No-Name brand came from Indonesia .
Also check those little fruit cups. They used to be made in Canada in the Niagara region until about 2 years ago. They are now packaged in China.

The United States imports billions of dollars worth of seafood from China  each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Farm-raised  seafood such as tilapia, shrimp, salmon and catfish is shipped directly from  China. Other imported foods in this category include grouper, haddock, whiting  fish, red bream, squid, flounder, Atlantic cod, crab and lobster.

China is one of the United States’s biggest food suppliers. In 2008, China  became the third largest source for agricultural and seafood imports, with an  increase in imports from around $1 billion in 1997 to almost $5 billion in 2007.  During this period the United States imported increasing volumes of mainly  seafood, wine and beer, fruit juices, coffee, snack foods, and live animals. Some agricultural imports from China are used for pet  food and animal feed rather than human consumption.

While the Chinese export inferior and even toxic products, dangerous toys, and goods to be sold in North American markets, the media wrings its hands!  I was recently looking at “Toro” brand snowblowers…guess where they are made?  It is not just food, almost everything you buy is made outside the U.S., and yet, our Congress have continued to allow U.S. companies to “outsource” their products to other countries due to cheap labor costs.  70% of North Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended.  You do not need the government to suspend trading privileges?  SIMPLY DO IT YOURSELF.  Look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says ‘Made in China ‘ or ‘PRC’ (and that now includes Hong Kong ), simply choose another product, or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed at what you can do without.