Organic food is supposed to be healthier than non-organic food, right?
Wrong! – if we’re talking about agricultural imports from China. What a lot of people don’t understand is that farming practices and quality standards vary wildly around the world and the Communist Chinese are rather slack where consumer safety is concerned.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2007 Consumer Brochure, published under the USDA National Organic Program, sets specific standards for foods produced domestically to carry the “organic” label. Here are the rules for farming production:
“Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.”
No antibiotics or growth hormones. Few toxic pesticides. Government farm inspectors. The USDA demands that organic products are at least 95 percent organic to merit an “organic” classification on supermarket shelves.
Not so in China. Different strokes for different folks. Even the natives suspect their food is tainted and jeopardizes human health. “The Chinese food production industry is one of the world’s least-regulated and most corrupt,” according to Natural News, which also reveals that “many shipments from China to the U.S. are turned away due to unsafe additives, drug residues, mislabeling and general filth.”
In 2007, pet treats contaminated with melamine and cyanuric acid killed thousands of cats and dogs in the U.S. The toxic products were recalled from grocery stores. Pet owners filed lawsuits for damages and received $12,357,277, paid on 20,229 claims from the United States and Canada. The Chinese were obviously to blame for this crime against nature:
“Unscrupulous suppliers in China added the contaminants in trying to inflate the apparent protein levels in wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate. The adulterated ingredients ended up in foods and treats made by 12 different manufacturers, according to court documents.”
In 2017, the United States was the third-largest importer of Chinese food products, after Japan and Hong Kong. Politico pointed out that “China provides 90 percent of the Vitamin A consumed by Americans, 78 percent of the tilapia, 70 percent of the apple juice, 50 percent of the cod, 43 percent of the processed mushrooms, and 23 percent of the garlic,” that Americans consume.
Big Agriculture is poorly regulated in China. Add to that soil and water pollution from heavy metals, pesticide residues, and industrial waste, and you have a recipe for disaster when it comes to healthy produce. How could anyone grow “organic” food under those conditions?
To make matters worse, the Chinese engage in fraudulent labeling practices. Both the government and manufacturers are riddled with corruption and completely untrustworthy where package labeling is concerned.
As Natural News noted:
“This is reality – all of China’s grains, vegetables and fruits are irrigated with untreated industrial wastewater. The Yellow River, which is considered unusable, supports major food-producing areas in the northeast provinces.”
The Chinese food supply is at risk from the country’s “dirty water” problem. Industrial pollution is inescapable. There are nine foods to watch out for, according to Natural Health 365:
- Fish – tilapia, cod, any fish grown in China
- Chicken – beware the avian flu
- Apples and apple juice
- Rice – some is made of resin and potato
- Black pepper
- Green peas
A 2014 Greenpeace report, based on test samples collected from “uncultivated land, soils from rice fields, and in rice grown in the area of an industrial complex with metal smelting and processing facilities in Hunan Province,” concluded that there is widespread contamination of soil, water, and air in China.
Don’t trust everything you read at the supermarket – especially if there’s a label that says, “Organic – Made in China.”