The Titanic ignored the warning, and look what happened to them
For the second time this year the USDA is warning organic distributors of fake certified organic products coming from China. Earlier this year on February 11, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) publicly released evidence of fraud by a Chinese organic agricultural marketer. The agency’s National Organic Program (NOP) made public a fraudulent organic certificate produced by an uncertified supplier in China. The Chinese firm used the counterfeit certificate to represent non-organic crops, including soybeans, millet and buckwheat, as certified organic. Food Safety News reports it’s happened again:
The U.S., the Department of Agriculture is nonetheless warning organic distributors and processors to be aware of a fraudulent organic certificate being circulated by an uncertified operation in China.
The co-director of The Cornucopia Institute, Mark A. Kastel reminds us, “Unfortunately, this incident also serves as a stark reminder that imports from China are fraught with peril.” What the warning tells us that we must be vigilant in avoiding any ingredients, certified organic or otherwise, from China. We must also remember that pet food and animal feed are only extensions of the human food industry, the waste left over from manufacturing human food products are diverted to the pet food and animal feed industries.
Soybeans, Poverty and Crime
Imported soybeans are often shipped to the U.S. by corporations knowing nothing about the origin of the commodities over and above a single sheet of paper. Organic soybeans imported from China have become a prevalent source of animal feed used on industrial-scale organic livestock operations. Today’s release by the USDA of another falsified organic certificate from China confirms my concern.
Incredible, huh? I swear I am not xenophobic, in fact, I really feel kind of sorry for the poor Chinese people. Do I feel sorry for criminals who poison the food supply? Of course not. Personally, I’d like to kill the bastards who put the melamine in wheat gluten with my bare hands, but I do pity anyone so poverty-stricken and desperate to survive that they are willing to risk being shot at gunpoint or thrown in jail for the rest of their natural life just to make a few more yen.
Weird But True Titanic Trivia
Read More About ItUSDA Alerts Organic Industry of Fraudulent National Organic Program Certificate| USDA News Release | August 30, 2011 Food Safety in China, and the Risk to the US | Wired Science | August 23, 2011 USDA Uncovers Plot to Import Fake Chinese Organic Food | Cornucopia Institute | February 11, 2011 China’s Making Everything in the US From Bridges to Civil Rights Memorials: That’s a Huge Problem and China’s Not to Blame | AlterNet | September 4, 2011
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