Originally Posted by billybob_jcv
I'm glad someone noticed - I work hard to come up with those...
The protection of local food is probably not going to go over well in some parts of America - food is one of the few things we can export. Without that, it's not much of a *trade* agreement - because the only thing we're exporting is money. However, we've done a very good job of ruining our food export business all by ourselves. We taught the Central & South Americans how to export fruit, vegetables and beef. We're teaching the Chinese the same things.
California has similar restrictions designed to protect the California agriculture from foreign pests and diseases. Unfortunately, the US lacks the will to enforce the rules - which is why the fruit industry was hit by the Mediterranean Fruit Fly and the citrus industry by the Asian Citrus Psyllid. Having your neighborhood sprayed by an airplane at 5 AM with pesticides is not cool.
That's a fact, we have the same issue, but with Asian tree mites destroying our fruit trees. Apple and peach trees around here are getting infected and dying at an alarming rate, and that's all due to a few farmers who thought it would be cool to import Asian pear trees and try to grow the fruit here. The problem is, the little buggers traveled with the young trees, slipping right past the inspectors. No doubt they were too distracted looking for bombs in the trees to notice the mites crawling all over them.
My own experience can attest to that, they've spent hours looking over a car coming into the country, without even considering whether it should even be allowed in at all
Don't get me wrong, I like not having the hassle, but it's very disconcerting.
Originally Posted by gikigill
Hey Magick /billybob, OT but what are your views on the TPP.
I am actually looking for a non biased source to get a better view of the agreement. Any links would be greatly appreciateded as I can't really make much sense of American media and who favours whom.
I'll study it some more and get back with you. I've not spent much time looking at it, aside from reading a short article in the WSJ.Edited by Magick Man - 12/9/13 at 3:04pm