It was one of those days on the weekend when I was doing work on the couch and I took a little mental break and turned on Netflix. There was a trailer running about this new series, "Rotten", that exposed different food corruption issues regarding the international food industry. I had always wanted to know more about the food that ended up in my fridge, but this series gives you a lot of great information, a little weird at times, that will inform and intrigue your mind. The biggest takeaway for me? DONT EAT ANYTHING FROM CHINA!
I watched all the episodes available in one sitting. So I learned that China is one of the biggest importers. We import their honey, seafood, and garlic. But based on international trade agreements, there's no way we can monitor how they handle the food they send to us. So these people are sending us artificial honey made from rice syrup. Once our customs agents discovered this we stopped receiving chinese honey. So then chinese relabels their fictitious honey, sends it to surrounding countries only to sell it to the United States again. WTH??!?!! Really China? That's some dirty business.
Then they were exposed when a man went to china to find out how they can cheaply manufacture peeled garlic. These people are sending their whole garlic to the prisons and these prisoners are forced into peeling this garlic with their bare hands. The brave guy that observed this was able to see one of the prisoners biting off pieces on the end of the garlic because his nails were damaged from unpeeling so much garlic. Now this is enough to make me say, I give up. But I watched on.
So it appears that because the handling practices of imports are not regulated, other countries are able to add chemicals to our imports. Fish is not supposed to be frozen and thawed and frozen again before it gets to the consumer. But that does not stop the chinese and other countries from doing it. And because we have no way to regulate their practices, we don't, but we still import them anyways. I swear, if another country wanted to take out America, all they would need to do is lace our imports with the wrong thing.
I'm so over chinese food. I will not eat anything unless I make it myself. Its not even about watching someone else make it, it's about understanding the source that produced it. We cannot see what is in it. But our bodies over time will know the difference. So I've decided #TEAMUSA #HOMEGROWN is a little better than imports. Because we do have standards to protect our American people from corrupt food handling practices. But even then, you still have to be careful.