Well now, thanks to advances in transportation
("The North American Free Trade Agreement
which took effect in January
1994, with the United States, Canada
and Mexico agreeing to eventually
sweep away trade barriers
and compete with other world trade blocs.
Fruit and vegetable growers
in such states as Florida and Texas
have struggled against Mexican
competitors who have drastically
lower labor and production
.....you don't have to go on an expedition
to the stinking rain forest
in order to get exotic Central American fruits
they are delivered right to your neighborhood
in refrigerated trucks
that come over the Mexico-US "border",
24-hours, day and night, full of boxes
of fruits and veggies
(because they need something to show the rare
besides the hidden heroin, cocaine and cold,
that are stuffed between the strawberries,
bananas, and broccoli).
...and I don't think the 'coyotes' have bothered
to provide any 'porta-potties' for their guests or any 'in-flight' snacks
- 'cause, what-the-heck,
there's plenty of wholesome fresh organic
Now, as far back as 1914 there were problems
with fruit imports from Mexico; "US officials
first established a quarantine prohibiting the importation of Mexican avocados
when they identified avocado seed weevils in Mexican avocados. Fearing
pest infection, US officials implemented the quarantine which has remained
on the books ever since. In the 1970s, Mexico twice petitioned for approval
to export avocados to the US. USDA/APHIS rejected the Mexican requests
citing 1) the apparent ease with which seed weevils were recovered in the
Mexican state of Michoacan and 2) that seed weevils and Mexican fruit
flies were frequently intercepted in fruit contraband at the border."
But the protection of US agriculture and the
health of its Citizens
did not come into the consideration of those
in whose interest it was
to bribe our 'Republicrat' politicians into
going for this 'Free Trade'
agreement in which we "must
not discriminate between foreign and domestic goods"and"recognize
the sovereign right of each country
to set its own food safety, and animal and
plant health standards".
So if our USDA has some silly little regulation
about migrant farm workers not being supposed to defecate in the strawberry
patch - we can't "discriminate" against Mexican imports that may not have
health standards, or who may typically bribe
as this is the "sovereign right" of each country.
But with the breakdown of the Borders,
there is also a breakdown in ethics,
as everything seeks its lowest common denominator
and sinks in the slime that fertilizes this
New World Order,
because, after all, isn't 'Ethics' a "barrier
to Free Trade"?
We are being contaminated by the 'third-world'
corruption typical of Mexico. In order to do business with Mexico
we will have to adapt to
their business practices. For example,
this is reported in the U.S. News
of "9/14/98": http://www.usnews.com:80/usnews/issue/980914/14food.htm
|"On a summer day one year ago, Reggie Jang was
handed an envelope by a man in a parking lot at the foot of San Francisco's
Chinatown. The envelope held $1,000 in cash. A federal food inspector and
35-year veteran of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Jang was responsible
for ensuring that food imported into the United States through San Francisco
was not contaminated with bacteria, insects, chemicals, or pesticides.
The $1,000 was a bribe to allow a food shipment to enter the country without
In the seven years before he was arrested in
August 1997, the 65-year-old Jang netted at least $200,000 in payoffs from
five or more importers, authorities say. His co-defendant, Robert Castles,
62, an FDA inspector for 17 years, also accepted bribes to look the other
way. Both pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. A year earlier, an
import broker and another FDA inspector were found guilty of bribery and
smuggling restricted foods into Los Angeles...
...Corrupt inspectors have even allowed food to
enter that had earlier been stopped by the FDA. "Imported food tainted
with dangerous pathogens such as salmonella is finding its way to the tables
of American families after these shipments were rejected by government
inspectors," says Sen. Susan Collins, chair of the Senate Permanent
Subcommittee on Investigations, which will hold hearings on these practices
More than 2,400 people suffered infections from
the parasite cyclospora in 1996 and 1997 after they ate Guatemalan
raspberries, ... Between 5,000 and 24,000 people in the United States,
Canada, and Finland became ill in 1995 after eating alfalfa sprouts
contaminated with "Salmonella Stanley"... Imported seafood is a particular
concern. Ecuadorian crab meat and tuna, South American scallops, and
Portuguese shellfish have caused outbreaks of vibrio cholera, E. coli,
and an unidentified virus....
...But the FDA has only 309 food safety inspectors
for the nation's 330 ports...
Import companies have been caught in sting operations
chemicals to cover the smell of decomposing fish. In 1996, three officials
of Sigma Inc. of St. Petersburg, Fla., were convicted of fraud after importing
$4.5 million worth of frozen shrimp from India. According to the Justice
Department, employees soaked rotten shrimp in a solution of chlorine
and copper sulfate to pass it off as "fresh frozen" to wholesalers who
sold it to supermarkets and fast-food chains. Sigma paid $1 million
in fines....treated decaying scallops with chlorine dioxide, an industrial
metal cleaner, to give them a more appealing odor and a lighter color,
according to an FDA publication...
...Violations included marking Chinese crayfish
as Honduran to avoid antidumping regulations ...a San Diego food processor
and importer, bought 1.7 million pounds of
fresh strawberries from Mexico. They were contaminated with hepatitis A,
but were passed by the FDA. The company
claimed the berries were domestically grown and used them in frozen desserts
for the USDA's school lunch program. In the spring of 1997, outbreaks
of hepatitis A among at least 270 schoolchildren and teachers in four
states set off alarms at the CDC, which traced the illnesses to the berries....
[and more and more and more examples]...
Well, 'cubs', it's
I was going to also
tell you about how "Fruit
of the Loom"
eliminated 815 positions at its Jamestown
plant and another 220 at the one in Campbellsville because the sewing work
could be done less expensively beyond the U.S. borders, but I guess that
NAFTA story can wait for the next campfire.
Remember when you
buy your fruits and veggies, read the labels,
grow your own if you can, and always go in
the woods, not on your strawberries...