About a week ago, my cousin forwarded me an email regarding canned and frozen foods from China. It was disgusting, scary and upsetting. I could not stop thinking about it. I tried searching for food companies that did not import any foods from China and found ONE. They are called U. S. Grown and only sell their products in a few stores in New York. They are quite expensive.
The person who wrote this email chose to single out Green Giant as the worst of the worst. I suspect they have some sort of grudge against that company and that they are not any worse than Libby's or Birdseye or a multitude of other companies. I wrote to Libby's and asked about what they imported and they wrote me back very quickly saying:
"Our fruits and vegetables are grown and packed in the USA. It is mandatory that imported from and the country is stamped on the can if anything is imported. Some asparagus may come from Peru but it will be stamped on the can."
Does that mean if we grow apples in the United States and send them to China to be processed into apple juice that they are not considered imported? It is all a little confusing to me still.
I buy a lot of fresh produce and a lot of what I buy comes from Mexico. I read that they are not required to follow the same laws on pesticides that the United States imposes and that is a concern. When given a choice, I choose produce that is grown in the United States.
I like the local farmer's markets, but I cannot rely on them for all the produce I want to buy. I also know I will never be able to grow my own food.
Are we really incapable of producing the food we need to feed our citizens at a price that is reasonable? I hope that is not true.
After writing and posting this, I found an interesting article on this subject which you can see here.