Food + China = ?

I just read this article (sorry, it’s in Norwegian) about food in China and how those furthest up have all their food brought from organic farms. There are so many things to say about this, that party leaders get special treatment, that organic food is the best of the best in China (compared to Norway where almost nobody cares) and how more and more people want organic food because they now know that the food they eat is bad for them.

First I thought that the article was about party leaders getting special treatment, and maybe that was the point, but in the end of the article there were three paragraphs about dangerous food in China.

Og mens eliten holder selskap på spesialmat, spør vanlige innbyggere seg fortsatt urolig om de kan stole på den kinesiske melken. Seks småbarn døde og 300 0000 ble syke etter å ha fått i seg melkepulver som inneholdt den kjemiske middelet melamin 2008.

Anabole steroider
Det siste halvåret har alarmen gått om store partier svinekjøtt som inneholder clenbuterol. Det er et anabolt steroid laget for hester, og et preparat som for 20 år siden ble brukt av østtyske kvinnelige sprintere. Stoffet gir raskt større muskler også hos griser. Kjøttet blir magert, men de som spiser det risikerer hodesmerter, uvelhet og uregelmessig hjerterytme.

Bly og frysevæske
I nudler er det tidligere i år funnet spor av bly og rester av industrimaling. En giftig kjemisk bestanddel er funnet i bønnespirer, for å få disse til å vokse ekstremt raskt. I vest-Kina døde elleve personer etter å ha fått i seg eddik som inneholdt frysevæske. Og ifølge en undersøkelse har ti prosent av all ris som selges i Kina for høyt innhold av tungmetaller.

Some instances of people dying of the craziest things. It’s not that it is crazy that they died from it, it is crazy what farmers/industrialists put in the food they produce. Milk powder with melamin, steriods in swine, lead and traces of paint in bean shoots, anti freeze in vinegar, heavy metals in rice. What is this?! You don’t put things like these in food. Suddenly I understood what it means that something is organic in China. Not that they have used natural fertilizer or that the cows were happy (as in Norway), but that you won’t die of heavy metal poisoning from eating it.

To solve this problem, you don’t stop party leaders from eating organic, you have to do something about the system. And information seems to be a good way of doing it.

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