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Monday, September 10, 2007
NAFTA is why poisons can get onto your plate
Public Citizen has posted a downloadable report, Trade Deficit in Food Safety. You may want to at least read a summary of this report. A snippet from the Public Citizen description:
Emphasis is from the original article.
As "free trade" agreements are pressed with additional countries, the situation for consumers can only be expected to grow worse.
The toy recalls and the adulterated food products from China are hot news now, but expect them to disappear from media radar very quickly after awhile. Or depending on what happens in Iran or with Paris Hilton. If you are concerned, think of how to bring the issue to life again as we go into the coming national election cycle.
And meanwhile, this is a reminder to buy locally where possible and to patronize restaurants and stores that buy their foodstuffs locally.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Latest from China: worms and moths in chocolates
American companies that fired their quality assurance staff when they shifted manufacturing to China had better go out and hire them back.
I don't expect a sudden movement to re-open shuttered factories in the USA. Companies know a good thing (i.e., lush CEO profits) when they see them, so they won't give up outsource to China and elsewhere.
If we, as consumers, continue to purchase from these companies we'll be enabling their behavior. The message for us (and we could learn from Japan) is to insist on quality.
Ok, you want your $24 oscillating stand fan from Longs. Go ahead, buy it. In fact, there's no alternative. The $24 oscillating stand fan made in China has driven anything else off the market.
Somehow, though, we have to turn this around. We're pawns in our own economy who exist, it seems, only to help fat corporate cats get even fatter.
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