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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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  • http://burkecomputers.blogspot.com/ DanB

    “Federal officials are taking advantage of these opportunities to save money.”

    I knew we were moving away from a free market to a controlled economy. Does this mean are already there? Or is this a misstatement? Is this actually private US companies importing the food from overseas because it is cheap?

    Over a decade ago, I knew companies were bringing food from overseas into America. It has made news for years, and some of the companies known for it back then weren’t known for the healthy food–but I don’t think using locally grown stuff would have made “junk” food any healthier.

  • http://www.reformdc.com nax777

    Our reliance on the two parties brought us this mess.

    The US reached a zero population growth in the mid 80’s our leaders increased their yearly appetite for immigration. The legal yearly immigration rate went from 100,000 to 1,000,000. From the years 2000 to 2010 our leader’s yearly appetite for legal immigration grew to 3,000,000. At present levels the US population will swell another 130 million to 442 million by 2040! This is a very conservative estimate. US immigration rate is the sole reason for overpopulation in the US today and tomorrow!

    It is irrational to think that any nation can save more than a hand full of people from overpopulated poorer nation. Especially when most refuse to change their life style and blame the Jones’s for their plight.
    It is irrational to call mom a Nazi A. hole for giving people a ride back home to keep her home from overpopulation. It is irrational to think that any single payer social program will work best. It is irrational to think that nations can tax its way out of poverty. It is irrational to believe that a power convinced that you have nowhere else to go will do your biding.

    No one is going to stand in their way the template to convince people that a rational person is a very sick or stupid SOB must be removed first. And only you can remove yours.

    People will not take in grandma, or their disabled neighbor long enough to break the social network of chains that separate us. It does not have to come to that, yet! The working class can be forced to plan for their life without a single payer plan. We must meet with our fellow citizens, listen and share ideas.

    A true Conservative and a true Liberal agree on one thing though for different reasons. Any single payer social program is a nutty idea! Now each believes that it’s not so nutty as long as their side is managing it.

    We can destroy the power by replacing them with citizens that can be immediately removed by citizens should they grow a greedy bone and never serve for a life time. We must take control ourselves. Please join with us at Goooh.com you might be able to click on my name. This will take you to my link page that links to Goooh.com, NumbersUSA.com and SBA-list.org.

    P.S. Have you heard of “you cut” @ http://majorityleader.gov/YouCut/

    • http://?? Joe H.

      nax777,
      WE GOT YOUR MESSAGE!!! GIVE IT A REST!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/doitathometoday Ken

    The low cost of foreign foods is not being used by Federal officials to keep prices down, but by BIG business to keep profits up. Most of our food suppliers are large corporations with many small hidden subsidiaries that spend monies lobbying. Now while there are agencies such as the FDA, USDA, CODEX, WHO to watch over foods they are financed in many instances by the industry and governments, thus making it difficult for them to say NO to someone that just gave them a paycheck.

    • granny mae

      Ken you are so right. There are I fear several things going on here and none of them to benefit the consumer. This latest e-coli thing is just confirming to me a deep seated thought that I have been thinking of for quite some time. Since this is the place where we all vent our thoughts and fears I’m going to vent mine for what it is worth! I have had this feeling for a long time now that all this e-coli business is not what it appears, but it is terrorism plain and simple. We never use to have these problems and now they are everywhere! This new outbreak seems to be a combination of a form from Europe and another from some where else, I don’t remember where ! It sounds to me like it is being genetically engineered and then put out there to terroize everyone ! I can tell you that my grandfather was a farmer and in his day, they always spread the manure from the animals on the fields to use as fertilizer and they never had a problem. Even grandmas garden was done this way and we children always went out into the garden to help pick and you know that a lot of it went into our mouths right off the vine or plant ! We never got sick with this crap going around. Our hands were never washed befor we put them in our mouths and we all drank from the same dipper in the water bucket ! Grandpa and my uncles all farmed the same way and theymade sure the manure was composted pretty good before they spread it on the garden or fields, especially the chicken manure! Grandpa said it had to be otherwise it would burn up the plants. Chicken manure is pretty potent . Today I use the same practices on my own garden with the manure from our chickens and Rabbits. We don’t get sick from it so what is going on with the rest of the big farmers? They know this is happening so I’m sure they are trying to avoid this at all cost. They don’t need to loose their entire crop and then be sued for illnesses and deaths due to their produce ! Farmers are a lot smarter than that ! No sir. I think this is a lot more sinister than that ! Just my opinion !

  • American Taxpayer

    I always buy American grown produce. Mexican produce makes me sick!!

    • EddieW

      I just wish I could!! I buy my foods at the supermarket, usually wash it with veggie wash, to get any pesticides off…Love Mexican grapes…they are small, but really sweet!! We do get a lot of food from Japan…I wonder????

      • Richard Pawley

        Food items from Japan are far better than those from China. If a food item says made in China I put it back or throw it out. China has 24% of the people in the world and only 12% of the farmland. How can they possibly afford to export food? I like the Chinese people but their government is still a God hating communist government opposed to individual freedom. Remember the 3,500 (mostly students) who were killed after building a paper mache statue of liberty in 1988 in Tian’anmen Square? As in most socialist governments only those at the top of the food chain really have it better off. The peasant is still a peasant and their lives are often tragic and impoverished, and because of big government and it’s one child per couple law, there are at least a hundred million men who have no chance of marrying because there are not enough women. Only in an army can this many single men be controlled. The factories of China pollute so much that the Pacific Ocean has 30% more mercury in it than it did a generation ago and some of that pollution actually is detectable in our western states. Their big corporations have even less morality than ours. I won’t even buy screw-in fluorescent’s from China because of all the workers who have died there from mercury poisoning by those who make them.

        • granny mae

          Richard,
          You mentioned fluorescent light bulbs and I just have to mention, I am just coming off a major lupus flare, and have discovered it is from the fluorescent light bulbs we just put in every light in our house !!! They give off the same UV rays as the sun and have caused me to have a major flare up! This flare was not fun by any means ! I have experienced some major pain this time and once it was known what the problem was, we have taken every bulb out and put back the regular light bulbs. I am going to stock up on enough light bulbs to last me the rest of my life, because I am not going through this again ! To think our government is causing the companies to phase these regular bulbs out is outrageous ! They have not considered the health and welfare of the citizens of this country ! People with lupus and other autoimmune diseases are going to be very sick. If anyone is taking medicine that warns you not to get in the sun while taking it you should also not sit close to a fluorescent light bulb because you will be getting the same rays that cause the problems with the medicine. These are not the same rays that cause you to get a sunburn these are other rays, so you won’t get burned by being to close to the light but you sure will get sick. If any of you have noticed that you are not feeling good and just can’t put your finger on why, try replacing you flourescent light bulbs with the regular ones again and see if it might be the reason. If you have Lupus I know you will experience a difference. It will take a few days but you will start noticing a difference I sure did. We need to contact our congressmen and tell them about this unforseen problem before it is too late. This is what happens when people think they know what is good for everyone else ! I wish they would mind their own business !

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Richard,
          You forget that Japans produce from now on will have a certain level of radiation in it!! Now, you might say it’s completely safe, but I don’t tempt fate!!! You want it, YOU eat it!! I’ll pass!

          • granny mae

            Oh Joe, I agree with you. It is not safe and will not be for several lifetimes. This is a shame and still people push for nuclear power plants ! There is ot a place in this country that doesn’t have earth quakes ; some just more regular than others. Trying to find a place to get rid of the waste is terrible. Some of it they use to radiate our food for longer shelf life and much of it they put in metal containers and burry it in the ground or store it in a moutain. How many people remember how a moutain range is formed ? Either by tectonic plates sliding over each other for thousands of years or from a volcano. In the United States we have both and that is where the brightest of the bright have decided to store our neuclear waste! There is a big facility along the Savanna River in Savanna Gerogia, I would love to know the true amount of polution in the river and along the banks . I doubt you could ever find the truth of that information. Now what happens to the waste in the mountains if we get a big earthquake and the containers breat ? What happens if we get an erruption of a sleeping volcano ! Volcanos are never extinct they are only sleeping until something wakes them up ! Usually an earthquake ! All these green peace people and tree huggers are so concerned with automobile polution from oil but where are they on this neuclear business ? Al Gore won’t say anything because he is heavily invested in green stock ! Flourescent light bulbs, solar pannels, wind turbines (noisy as all get out). But they won’t be in his backyard they will be in yours ! OK, granny, you are way off the beaten path now so it is time to get the heck out of here. Think about what I said about the terrorism thing and see if you might agree !

  • i41

    nax777, you are full of crap as a Christmas turkey, it was one party that has USA in the mess with importation of food, instead of growing in here. It got traction under Wilson and was implemaented by FDR and his communist Sec of Ag. With dems controlling every branch, paper pushing morons in the beltway have decided what crops get government approveal, how many acres can be planted and what state it can be grown in. As of today you can not sell a bushel of grain on the open market of of your private property, unless you have registered your property with the Agriculture Conservation and Stabazation Agency, then the degreed idiot who has never farmed or failed when they tried, will measure and check out what you are seeding and every feild is numbered and what varity of seed is used, then when grain is harvested, it must be weighed out and placed in a pprove government bin, or jauled to approved elevator, if you store in on your place an agent from the office will monitor and come and go out of your farm stead, when you decide to sell you must let the ASCA know what bin and what elevatort is approved to receive you privately own crop at, with approved scale tickets the ASCA must know how much you got and how many bushes were sold out of what bin and what feild. This same party gave landowners the option to get paid to idle 30 million acres of farm ground for 3 decades to produce nothing, but sign up for more worthless feel good programs, to keep getting several more checks off the same land for doing nothing for decades. It is the f–king dems who all believe in Un mandates to control everyone and the 2007 mandate of banning all private land ownership, which Billary and our marxist/communist muslim bastard is still pushing for by executive orders, to by pass Congressional approval. Want cure the illegal problem and welfare and prision issues, start casterating and neutering the fence crawlers and prison populations first, since laws mean nothing to the dregs of society.

    • granny mae

      i41,

      I love the Christmas Turkey saying ! LOL ! My daddy use to say that all the time when I was growing up ! Makes me miss him.

  • Ranchman

    Look into buying non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds from; http://www.non-hybrid-seeds.com; http://www.patriotseedstore.com; or, http://www.heirloomsolutions.com.

    Non-hybrid (or non-GMO) seeds can be planted, and after the plants grow, have their seeds harvested for planting. You never run out of seeds. Store bought produce, tomatoes, peppers, etc, are all neutered. They can’t have their seeds harvested for growing. It takes a little more work to correctly harvest seeds from grown fruits and vegetables, but it’s well worth the effort.

  • granny mae

    To say that imported fish from Asia could be a hazzard is an understatement ! History channel showed how they were raising Tilapia fish on human waste and sewage. It was tauted as such a wonderful discovery that they could clean up this sewage and turn around and sell the fish to help pay for costs ! You couldn’t pay me to eat Tilapia. No Thanks !

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