This blurb is a response to an email forward sent to me by a sincere family friend. I thought she needed to realize some important points before she fully believed what the email’s author “claims” is happening.
I am not a scientist, nutritionist, dietician nor am I a sponsored blogger/speaker. I’m just a concerned mom that wants to make sure we look at the big picture, and not be distracted by rumors and fears fueled by naiveté, ignorance or propaganda machines.
The original forward is at the very bottom of this blurb.
Dear Auntie ________:
Thank you for the forward. I mentioned it to J____ as well, but there are a few things to keep in mind as we read this article, as well as what’s media/special interest propaganda, and what’s fact.
The fact is, that we live in a global community. Therefore, products that may ultimately be “Made in USA” is made here, but probably sources various components from international trade partners, including China. If we wanted to purchase “Made in America” only, we would have to turn back to the local artisans, craftsmen, farmers, who live, breathe and work with local items. Think, Shaker furniture, or the Amish. Can the average American afford to live this way?
The fact is, canned goods should be avoided. There are high levels of plastics and chemicals, (such as BPA’s) that are seeping into the food, especially those that are high in acidity. You’ll be surprised to know, canned chicken soup has some of the highest percentage rates of BPA concentration, as well as tomato products, infant formula and other food products. Baby Bottles, even until 2008, contained BPA. Yes, Dr. Brown’s, back when they were the “hot item” to purchase in the mid-2000’s onward, CONTAINED BPA. The only company around that time that offered NON-BPA bottles was a company called Born Free, or the alternative, was to use Glass bottles.
BPA in a nutshell, are chemicals that mimic hormones, disrupting the body’s systems, including endocrine, reproductive, and other functions. Check the info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A
Some companies that provide BPA free cans for their foods: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/03/7-bpa-free-canned-foods.php
The fact is, conventional domestic farming also produces frightening products. Due to the massive control that Agribusiness (think Monsanto, ConAgra) have over the farming industry, questionable use of pesticide, usage of antibiotics and growth hormones in livestock, and GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) are some major issues that the average consumer may not be aware of, or choose not to be concerned with. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_organism
I certainly appreciate the very thoughtful gifts that my children receive for the holidays, and I often tell you, they are so lucky to have so many thinking of them. However, if you recall, I had my own share of scares when H___’s blood lead levels were high. Besides the inconvenience, it was very costly to try to purchase items that were not made in China; however, how many people are willing to make the effort, or the financial sacrifices?
I know many family and friends think I am pretty militant when it comes to food, as well as certain items such as toys; however, it takes much research and education of oneself to be able to steer decision making based on fact.
I object to the email for a few things such as :
The author shops for canned goods at Walmart. What about supporting the local farmer, if available – whether it be at their property, or a farmer’s market or through a co-op? Walmart is known for having questionable employment practices (e.g. discriminatory, non promotion, price monopoly) and I wouldn’t deem someone purchasing all their goods at Walmart, the guru of how to support US business. Walmart is the PRIME offender of this “Buy American” movement – how do they keep their prices so cheap? Could it be… oh! Their suppliers probably involve many international firms, including those sourcing and manufacturing products from China, India, and other up and coming countries. Perhaps they should have used a better example than questionable canned goods being purchased at a mega mart, otherwise known as Walmart.
How about the local farmer? I choose to purchase certain items locally at the farm (Makinajian’s), and I do pay a cost. I can’t purchase too many items that are out of season, and I certainly don’t pay Walmart prices. However, I know who is overseeing, managing and actually farming/raising the vegetables, eggs/chickens/geese/ducks at the local level, and I know that I am building roots into the local community by supporting them. This choice has been made by reading up, and studying the data available to the average consumer regarding food safety, as well as product safety.
I am certain we all do the best we can for our family, but I wanted to play the devil’s advocate. I recall seeing similar propaganda back in the late ‘80’s about Japanese cars, and someone actually confronted me in an Atlanta high school to go back to where I came from, because my father was taking away their “people’s” jobs. I was saddened at what they said, but came to terms with the fact that this all came from lack of knowledge, communication, and the disconnect of what’s actual fact, and what’s propaganda.
I’m off my soap box for now…
Subject:Check the Can ( PLEASE READ)
Did you all see that Diane Sawyer has a special report coming up this week on this very subject. They removed ALL items from a typical, middleclass familyâ€™s home, that were not made in the USA. There was hardly anything left besides the kitchen sink. Literally. During the special they are going to show truckloads of items â€“ USA made â€“ being brought in to replace everything. And will be talking about how to find these items and the difference in price etc.
It was interesting that Diane said that if every American spent just $64 (more than normal) on USA made items this year, it would create something like 200,000 new jobs.
Made ME think!
Check the Can
I WAS BUYING FOOD THE OTHER DAY AT WALMART.
ON THE LABEL OF SOME PRODUCTS IT SAID ‘FROM CHINA’.
FOR EXAMPLE THE “OUR FAMILY” BRAND OF THE MANDARIN ORANGES SAYS RIGHT ON THE CAN ‘FROM CHINA’.
I WAS SHOCKED!! SO FOR A FEW MORE CENTS I BOUGHT THE LIBERTY GOLD BRAND OR THE DOLE SINCE IT’S FROM CALIF.
TAKES FOREVER JUST TO BUY FOOD AND DO LABEL READING ! !
Are we Americans as dumb as we appear — or — is it that we just do not think? While the Chinese, knowingly and intentionally, export inferior and even toxic products and dangerous toys and goods to be sold in American markets.
Yet 70% of Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended.
Well, duh..why do you need the government to suspend trading privileges?
SIMPLY DO IT YOURSELF, AMERICA!!
Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says ‘Made in China’ or ‘PRC’ (and that now includes Hong Kong), simply choose another product, or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed at what you can do without.
Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter? If you must have eggs, use real ones and benefit some American farmer. Easter is just an example, the point is do not wait for the government to act. Just go ahead and assume control on your own.
THINK ABOUT THIS: If 200 million Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese goods, that’s a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our favor…fast!!
The downside? Some American businesses will feel a temporary pinch from having foreign stockpiles of inventory. Wahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
The solution? Let’s give them fair warning and send our own message. Most of the people who have been reading about this matter are planning on implementing this on March. 12th and continue it until April. 12th That is only one month of trading losses, but it will hit the Chinese for 1/12th of the total, or 8%, of their American exports. Then they will at least have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness were worth it.
Remember, March. 12th to April. 12th
Send this to everybody you know. Let’s show them that we are Americans and NOBODY can take us for granted.
If we can’t live without cheap Chinese goods for one month out of our lives, WE DESERVE WHAT WE GET!
Pass it on, America.