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“Educational Writings-Discourse, Part XI: America: Third World Foodstuffs in a First World Nation—Recipe for Disaster, Part II!” by Moses Scharbug III


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EDUCATIONAL WRITINGS-DISCOURSE, PART XI

Educational Writings-Discourse, Part XI: America: Third World Foodstuffs in a First World Nation—Recipe for Disaster, Part II!” by Moses Scharbug III

 

 

Bakersfield, CA, 12-11-2012 T:  Greetings once again, happy Tuesday, a beautiful day in December as we count the days down to the End of Times, you know, what’s coming up on the Twenty-Third of December, just TEN days away!  It is hard to imagine that the Mayans watched the stars as well as they did and saw that things at some point thousands of years into the future were coming to a screeching end.  Whether or not you believe it, the coincidences are there for all to witness, each time their calendar has run a cycle, something enormous has occurred.  The world is a strange place and the solar system in which we live is a forever-transformative place as things go on all around us, sometimes not seen until it flies by earth.  Over the past decade or so, we have had numerous close encounters as asteroids seen at the last moment whizzed by the earth, sometimes within the lunar orbit.  To me, that is pretty damned close and if something else comes shooting by and falls into the earth’s orbit, well, the end is going to come and we won’t have to worry about what is going on in the country anymore! 

 The thing that amazes me, too, is the number of Hollywood movies released in the past few years in which the future world is a shadow of its former self and that the remnants of humanity still struggle for survival in places that look pretty bad.  I don’t think I’ve seen a movie about the future of the world that portrays it in a positive light.  My feeling is that if every movie shows hostile aliens attacking the earth or the planet enveloped in a death shroud, someone must know something unless it is a crass effort on the part of filmmakers to capitalize on negative events in an effort to both scare the populace and to make money.  The blockbuster movie, “Battleship,” depicted hostile aliens attacking the earth as did “Battle Los Angeles.”  Others such as “Dredd” show the earth gripped by horrible people intent on keeping the populace strung out on evil designer drugs and justice done by the gun and other unspeakable ways.   Whether or not something happens in ten days is unknown but we are almost there, my friends, so I hope all of you are prepared for whatever wicked this way comes (to borrow a phrase from noted Sci-Fi writer, Ray Bradbury). 

Well, all we can do is to ponder and to await whatever is coming, friends, so that means we are going to continue with our essay on the problems created by importing food into the once wealthiest nation on earth, not a very wise or good thing to do.  I mean, look at all of the problems associated with NOT drilling our own oil, with obtaining our own stockpiles of coal and natural gas.  We have the most coal of any nation in the world and yet, the government continues to hamstring our power-producing companies and the Environmental Protection Agency persecutes them.  What the hell has happened to the United States?  I don’t believe the Founders would recognize the nation as it now is!  Let’s go:

AMERICA—THIRD WORLD FOODSTUFFS IN A FIRST WORLD NATION—A RECIPE FOR DISASTER, PART II

Imported fruits and vegetables do not make up a large proportion of American edibles but they are growing.  Our hunger for freshness year-round has opened the door to many products growing in Central and South America as well as in Australia and even Great Britain that might not have reached our shores in any other way.  Take for instance, apples.  Washington State supplies apples during the season to our nation as well as much of the world.  Still more go into cold storage so that they will be available throughout the year.  However, demand far exceeds our ability to produce enough for the American public so hence other nations get the nod.  As far as apples go, for example, we import Fuji apples from Japan to compete against our own and in most cases—they sell better than ours do.

Chile has become a great supplier of apples as have the Japanese as well as other non-citrus fruits and vegetables because their growing season is the exact opposite of ours.  The climate there is very conducive to agriculture and they make the most of it.  L, Scott Kantor and M. Malanoski write in their piece, “Imports play a Growing Role…”[i] “that Chile is the largest supplier of imported non-citrus fresh fruits.  In the period of 1981 to 1985, they supplied 9% of our fresh fruits and 10 years later in 1991 to 1995, they supplied 15.9%.  They also supply 13.9% of our fresh melons.”

Mexico supplies the United States with much of our produce, both fresh and prepared.  Melons, squash, tomatoes, avocados, sprouts, asparagus, berries, and various other vegetables enter our country from Mexico on a daily basis.  Mexico accounts for 75% of all of our food imports while fighting our milk exports. 

According to Tim Vanderpool’s article, “Food Fight rages over Labels on Imported Produce”[ii]:

Nowhere is the battle more closely watched than in Nogales, Arizona, a bustling border town where more than ONE BILLION DOLLARS’ worth of tomatoes, grapes, and other produce cross into the United States each year.

It is none thing for our nation to supplement our food supply but quite another to outright buy the food production of another nation, a nation so poor that it causes hundreds of thousands of its citizens to cross our border every year illegally in search of a better life because their nation cannot even feed its own poor.

Ecuador, another Latin American neighbor, accounts for almost 99% of our banana imports.  Other Central American neighbors ship in bananas as well as berries, papayas, and other non-citrus fruits.  We greedily take them in just as if were the Ancient Romans, who found it easier to import their crops and livestock than raising food themselves.  The luxury they had become accustomed to as conquerors of the known world for 1000 years left them dependent upon the subjugated nations and eventually contributed to in part to their downfall.  Dependence upon other nations for the things that are necessary to run our country is a growing and dangerous precedence that needs curtailing just as our reliance on others for our oil.  For the United States to be ancillary upon anybody else is bad and a possible open door for the diseases of the Third World.

Other nations don’t have their hands tied by the rules and regulations that are set in place for the protection of our nation’s palate.  In the lands of our foreign suppliers, they do not observe the same restrictions regarding fertilizers and poisons used to grow the crops or to control the diseases and pests as we do here in the United States.  They use questionable manure sources and poisons such as DDT, which our country banned long ago.  The controls we exert here make it much easier to buy our meat and produce elsewhere. 

Diseases such as E.coli 0157:H7 virus, which occurs in this nation on an occasional basis are much more rampant in our southern neighbors, which means, they can easily import them to our country.  Even here, danger lies in the health and sanitation methods practiced by our itinerant workers.   They work in the fields from sun up to sundown and even with available sanitation facilities, most of the time doesn’t use them.  The fact that they do not check them for serious illnesses should alarm us all especially since they handle the American food supply.  The fact that we have more, movies coming out of Hollywood devoted to the outbreaks of horrible pandemics threatening the world should be a cause of alarm for all of us, and yet, we go about like sheep interested in nothing except continuing to eat.

Last time I had to renew my health card (which a restaurant chef, owner, or instructor must have in order to operate at management level because he or she must monitor the health of the crew and of the establishment), I learned some interesting facts regarding the farming of produce in our county.  The KCHD inspectors hold the class in which, they refresh our training or instruct others for their first time the knowledge they need to have in order to operate their establishments.  At the end of the class, one of the inspectors shared a little story with us about a disturbing incident he witnessed.   He told us that on one occasion when the KCHD went out to the agricultural fields to inspect sanitation (portable chemical toilets or to check the workers for tuberculosis), the inspector stumbled upon a worker with his pants down defecating on the ground less than 30 yards from a Porta-potty and ten feet from the iceberg lettuce he was picking. 

Editor’s Note: this is where we will conclude today’s installment of our essay and will continue on with more of it tomorrow.  I hope you are enjoying this and do look forward to your cards, letters, emails, and comments.  Please drop me a line and let me know what you think!  Thank you, Moses Scharbug III, Assistant Editor with the American Institute of Culinary Politics-Elemental News of the Day.

END PART II

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          If the end of the world is coming and soon, then I am glad that I am presenting a new and unseen essay for the very first time as I would love to go out on a bang.  We do the best we can here and do it with a smile and for those of you not afraid of whatever might come our way in ten days, note that there are but fourteen days before Christmas but that Hanukkah is already going.  Buy your gifts early and avoid the holiday rush!                                                                    

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Moses Scharbug III writes from Oildale, CA.

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