The Korean protest against US beef imports has intensified.
With mounting concerns over mad cow disease, the fine people of Korea have rejected the government’s agreement with the US to reintroduce US beef into Korea.
A symbolic “shove it,” resonated from the crowd of recent protesters numbering 50,000+ despite government assurances that the US product is safe for consumption. Maybe they heard that George Bush wants to halt testing for mad cow disease.
It’s officially on: a boycott of a choice product from the world’s shining city on the hill, America.
Let Them Eat… Mad Cow
Koreans are justified in their concern over US beef safety. Just last February, a secret video was released showing downer cows being led to slaughter, possibly before being shipped to market. Downer cows are diseased cows.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has concerns that the US government doesn’t follow WHO guidelines for beef safety. WHO guidelines include: stop weaning calves on cow’s blood, stop feeding infected animals to other animals, stop feeding bovine brains, eyes, spinal cords, and intestines to people or livestock.
(In this age of enlightened modernity and technological development you gotta remind someone not to give a suckling cow blood in place of or in addition to momma’s milk?).
Currently, in Michigan and Ohio there is a beef recall due to E. coli contamination. Haven’t heard? The illness of only 40 people may not be enough to grab headlines.
Also, there is growing concern of the possible link between mad cow disease and dementia in America.
However, Korean’s in support of governmental abuse (KISOGA*) are protesting that the US beef protesters are “scaring the children.” Never mind a still developing child eating a posibly contaminated beef product. A true scoundrel finds his last refuge behind the back of a child.
In 2006, Japan put US beef producers on notice after finding a spinal column in a beef shipment. And since 1997, the EU won’t allow US’ chlorine-dipped chickens into the Union. Now Koreans don’t want our beef. Doth they protest too much or do Americans protest not so much?
Meddling With The Primal Forces of Nature
The yearly salmonella outbreaks in America are routine enough that you can practically set your clock by them. This year’s outbreak is particularly insidious. The USDA is having a heckova time tracing the origin of the produce. There’s no federal labeling regulation that allows investigators to track produce back to its source. Now after weeks of unsuccessful testing they have decided to spin the wheel to determine which vegetable might be the source of contamination…though they are careful not to pinpoint any one particular veggie, lest Americans stop buying those as well as the suspected tomatoes.
Our corporate – owned food producers don’t want to be held responsible for a bad food product, in much the same way the pharmaceutical industry wants to limit product liability.
But, unlike the manufactured pharmaceuticals that come with attached warnings against side effects such as diarrhea, “debilitating ruptures of the tendons,” headaches, vomiting, heart attacks, depression, or say possibly suicide. ..food is natural. Place a seed in the ground, water it, watch it grow. No liability.
Well, in fact there is liability concern because food is not so natural, not so much from mother nature. To varying degrees our food supply comes about as a result of laboratory experimentation.
Frankenfools… er, foods
Chances are great that if you are not eating organically, you are probably eating a hybrid food product, what’s known as a frankenfood, such as frankenfish. In the industry they’re known as GMO: genetically modified food. That’s when genetic material from various sources –including human genes– are spliced into to the food crops, like rice.
If you eat food grown in America just consider yourself a walking, breathing human lab rat. No one knows how genetically modified food affects humans. The growing obesity and diabetes epidemics (not to mention bee colony collapse syndrome) in this country could be one result. We can only speculate. We get few answers, more medicines and way too skewed studies released by the GMO industry. Just seems that with every bite we take, we are digging our graves with spoons.
And for those who still want to believe that frankenfood is a world-wide trend, it isn’t just yet. EU, Japan and Australia among other nation’s have implemented GMO food bans, though parts of Australia have capitulated. The EU, and probably other countries as well, face tremendous pressure from America and WTO to accept GMO products.
Nowadays… if you want real food grow it yourself or buy it from a local organic farmer ’cause we are being subjected to “Soylent Green” on steroids.
And we haven’t even discussed cloned beef.
*There is no such organization as KISOGA. There are counter-protesters who support US beef imports.