Have Another Glass Of Chinese Pesticide Sweetie
I was shocked to read how deeply the Chinese have made inroads into the U.S. food supply.
It turns out that half the apple juice sold in the U.S. is imported from China.
Just how did this happen?
(NYTimes) Tienanmen Square - Chinese Leaders Turn A Blind Eye To Pollution
China has four to five times the population of the United States. Half of China is desert. How is it that a nation which can barely feed itself cornered the market on apple juice?
Cost. But if cost is driving U.S. companies to import cheap Chinese apple juice then what of quality?
Chinese Skies Are Filled With Pollution
Who will protect us from apple juice contaminated by bacteria, or illegal pesticides - or worse?
Here's an article from CNN on the subject.
Bacteria can have an especially powerful impact on younger children and the elderly. Pesticides which build up within the body over the course of decades can cause cancer years after ingested. It's up to parents to ask if it is worth the risk.
(NYTimes) Urumchi of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region
Apple juice was once a safe and wholesome drink to give a child. Today only an uncaring ignorant idiot would give their children apple juice unless they're absolutely certain where it came from.
My recommendation: Buy only organic U.S. grown apples, and make your own apple juice!
Guang Zhou - Air Pollution Isn't Restricted To Cities In China
Chinese Air Pollution Facts (source)
- China has 16 of the world's 20 most polluted cities.
- 750,000 Chinese die from air pollution every year.
- 360,000 Chinese die from indoor pollution every year.
An Excellent Article From the NYTimes on Chinese Air Pollution