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Increased Reliance On Foreign Food Poses Health Risks For Americans

May 25, 2011 by  

Increased reliance on foreign food poses health risks for AmericansAlarming new research from scientists may prompt some Americans to utilize their self-sufficiency skills to stock up on natural, homegrown food.

The findings, which were unveiled at the 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans, suggest that the United States government is placing its citizens at risk by importing increasing amounts of food from developing nations. Considering that labor costs are much lower overseas than they are domestically, Federal officials are taking advantage of these opportunities to save money.

However, the cost-saving measures might come at the expense of the well-being of American citizens. Michael Doyle of the University of Georgia stated the developing nations have much lower standards when producing food for human consumption.

“Sanitation practices for food production are not universally equivalent throughout the world,” said Doyle. “Importing foods can move diseases from areas where they are indigenous to locations where they are seldom (found) or do not exist.”

According to researchers, more than 80 percent of fish and seafood products consumed in the U.S. during 2010 was imported, and much of it came from Asia. Scientists warned that raw domestic sewage and livestock manure are frequently used in fish farming in many Asian nations.

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