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China Begins Direct Sales Of Fruit & Vegetables To Russia

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Despite the ongoing mainstream media meme that Russia is becoming 'isolated' from the rest of the world thanks to Western sanctions, it appears they have found a few new 'old' friends to become un-isolated with. On the heels of Russia's food-import-ban sanctions last week, Russian and Chinese officials have announced an agreement that China will start selling fruit and vegetables directly to Russia via a special logistics center in Russia's far east. Notably, this week saw Russia's GDP beat consensus expectations, Ruble rally, and stocks jump as German confidence plunged - can you say blowback?

As RT reports,

China will start selling fruit and vegetables directly to Russia, and Baorong company plans to set up a special logistics center in Dongning on the border with Russia’s Far East to do it.

 

The 70,000 square meter wholesale market and 30,000 square meter warehouse, fitted out with refrigerators and other equipment, will be in a special cross-border customs zone, ITAR-TASS cites the head of the Association of Applied Economy of the Heilongjiang Province Zhang Chunjiao.

 

“Direct export of fruit and vegetables to Russia will be organized from it," she said.

 

It will cost $9.7 million to construct. Customs clearance times will be reduced, and there will be no need to double-check the cargo because of video surveillance in the warehouse.

 

A Chinese company Dili, also intends to create a similar cross-border trade zone by the end of 2014, Zhang Chunjiao added.

 

The announcement comes after Russia introduced a 1-year ban on imports of some agricultural products from the EU, US, Australia, Canada, Australia and Norway last week. If it lasts, it could cost European Union members $16 billion, Vygaudas Usackas, the EU ambassador to Russia, estimated.

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We assume payment for these imports will be in Rubles or Renminbi... not US Dollars.

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As we noted last week, there is good reason why Europe is being battered by these new sanctions; but who is hit hardest?

EU member states have already complained their economies would be hit hard, with Germany and Poland losing the most trade with Russia, and the Baltic states – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – seeing their shares of GDP falling even sharper.

 

 

For the US the effect will be very limited, as agricultural exports to Russia are about one tenth of one percent of total US gross domestic product of about $144 billion, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

 

US food exports to Russia in 2013 amounted to less than 1 percent of the country’s total agricultural exports, the US Department of Agriculture said to RIA Novosti. Conversely, Russian exports to the US and European markets are 13 percent of its GDP. In 2013, the US exported $1.3 billion of food goods to Russia, about a quarter of which were poultry products.

 

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Furthermore, perhaps in the interests of not embarassing itself, the EU is not asking China to refrain from supportinG Russia:

The European Union has no plans to ask a number of states, in particular China, to refrain from replacing banned European food products in the Russian market, a source close to EU leadership told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

 

“There are no concrete plans,” the official said, answering a question on whether the EU will ask China and some other countries not to replace banned agricultural and food products from Europe with their own goods in the Russian market.

 

Media reports earlier suggested that the European Union planned to convince Brazil, Chile and other Latin American states not to export their food products to Russia. It was said that EU expects these countries not to take advantage of the embargo on European products.

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So it seems, US sanctions sparked European blowback... how long before Washington finds itself alone again.

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More un-isolation?

  • *PUTIN SAYS EGYPT READY TO BOOST FURTHER FOOD EXPORTS TO RUSSIA
  • *EGYPT STUDIES FREE TRADE ZONE W/ RUSSIA-LED CUSTOMS UNION:PUTIN
  • *RUSSIA SEEKS TO DOUBLE EGYPTIAN FOOD IMPORTS, FEDOROV SAYS
  • *RUSSIA'S FEDOROV SAYS EGYPT SUPPLIED $460M IN FOOD IN 1H
 

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Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:14 | 5081546 Renfield
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<<how long before Washington finds itself alone again>>

I've never seen an American president with so few friends. Even Bush had more international allies - and yes, even friends. No wonder Barky spies on everyone. He has no friends that he can trust enough NOT to spy on, I guess. Is it not obvious by now that America is the one being isolated?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:15 | 5081556 Headbanger
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Yet another fuck you Barry!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:22 | 5081595 Oracle 911
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Agreed, and that recently signed currency swap (extension) comes handy.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:27 | 5081612 Latina Lover
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Fooky U,  EU.

-rumored  advertising slogan of Chinese Food Export Collective to Russia

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:29 | 5081631 Dr. Richard Head
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I find the doublespeak of the MSM is so obvious.  They talk about isolating Russia with sanctions, so that would mean that countries that push sanctions are the isolationists.  However, when Ron Paul says to stay out of other countries' affairs and that sanctions are act of war they call Dr. Paul the isolationist.  I fucking hate the MSM.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:32 | 5081649 Latina Lover
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MSM is nothing more than the collective mouthpieces of the USSA/bankster deep state:

 

"The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media." -- William Colby, former director of the CIA (1973-1976).

 

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:52 | 5081760 LawsofPhysics
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Yes, incuding NPR.  Lots of distraction going on with those poor people stranded on that mountain...

U.S. interests you say?  We can perform a humanitarian mission in Iraq, but Russia cannot do the same in their own back yard?

Please, explain...

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:00 | 5081810 Vampyroteuthis ...
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but Russia cannot do the same in their own back yard?

Might it have something to do with Russians being European Caucasians?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:11 | 5081871 Spastica Rex
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You mean albinos?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:31 | 5082183 Miles Ahead
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Hate MSM?  The question is, how do you even know to hate MSM?  I have no idea whether I hate MSM or not; shit, I may even like FOX news; I'll never know...

... cause I never turn the shit on... hello???  I mean with cable and all... what you guys got, rabbit ear antennas sitting atop your RCA consoles?

Who the heck keeps watching things they hate?  If it ain't on ZH, RT, or PressTV, I'm gonna miss it.  Hope when I win the lottery they post it on one of those sites or I'm e-fckt.

 

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:48 | 5082352 Ayr Rand
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YES! Two countries that cannot feed themselves... will feed each other. LOL. This cannot be made up. :) Thank you ZH for bringing this to our attention. 

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:37 | 5082243 MrPalladium
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It has everything to do with being caucasian!

WWII started because Hitler tried to reclaim lands inhabited by German speaking kinsmen and had no further ambitions. But the right of cosmopolitan internationalists to cobble together multicultural "nations" comprised of populations that cannot speak to each other (but can be useful to pit against each other to defeat the interests and demands of the larger ethnic majority at election time) will be defended by war.

Divided as it is between Ukrainians and Russians, "democracy" in Ukraine makes it a fertile field for oligarch plunder, as was Poland at the outset of WWII with East Prussia an easily manipulated counterweight to Polish workers and peasants who might otherwise have their way in elections.

That fact that Russia wants to be a mono-ethnic country is a profound threat to oligarch political control everywhere, and strongly suggests that Putin actually cares about his own people, or at least cares about using them to curb oligarch political power and predation.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:51 | 5084176 Sirius Wonderblast
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Well, isn't it a bit larger than that? The US is likely to now invade Iraq for the third time, and replace it's regime for the second time, to push back fruitloops it armed and sponsored, all while uttering with uttermost sanctimonious hypocrisy, what an awful criminal thing it would be if Russia intervened in a conflict on its' own doorstep (steppe?).

Please tell my why rational people can't see this?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:33 | 5081989 Kirk2NCC1701
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LoP, as this ban affects the US also, I'm guessing that your customers over there are buying from you via Brasil or China? ;-)

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:54 | 5081769 Leonardo Fibonacci2
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Can you say Barry Hussein Obama is a Fuckup?  Sure you can!!!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:02 | 5081805 Dr. Richard Head
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All monsters that think they can control an entire country and its population are fuckups.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:35 | 5081995 Dixie Rect
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They can have Merica's favorite vegetable---Uncle Joe Biden

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:04 | 5082145 Doubleguns
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Deleted, just saw Buzzsaw99's comment below. 

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:59 | 5084211 Antifaschistische
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Do you realize the potential this has on the price of Garlic!!

oh well...the California Garlic industry will have to fire up their plants again.   oh.....wait, they don't have any water!!!

CRAP!!!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:32 | 5081643 eclectic syncretist
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MOTHERF*&#ER!!!  SINCE WHEN IS IT FAIR FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD TO PRETEND THAT THEIR PRINTED FIAT HAS AS MUCH IMAGINARY VALUE AS THE DOLLAR??!!!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:54 | 5082101 Stuck on Zero
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Now that China is exporting fruits and vegetables to Russia how will China pay for U.S. fruits and vegetables to replace them?  With dollars?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:38 | 5082299 JohninMK
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Doubt it. A barter deal on steel pipes for the forthcoming gas pipeline?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:31 | 5081638 Latina Lover
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Headbanger:  Obama's favorite chinese dish:  Cream of SomYongGuy.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:36 | 5081669 eclectic syncretist
Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:56 | 5081783 Leonardo Fibonacci2
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"Obama's favorite chinese dish:  Cream of SomYongGuy."

Cream of Sum Yum Gai from the Cum of Reggie directly in Barry's mouth and ears!!!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:40 | 5081699 NotGrokkingIt
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The entire world is obviously racist.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:45 | 5082037 Kirk2NCC1701
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No, only Caucasians are officially racists. Well, 2% of them aren't racist either and are totally exempt.

Everyone else, who is not White or Preferred, is merely expressing ethnic or racial Pride. Drink your Kool Aid and be quiet. /s

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:17 | 5082198 Miles Ahead
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So this is a black/white thing?  Lesee... China sells fruits to Russia... some ape start on again about racism and the unfairly accused caucasians. 

Got it. 

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:46 | 5081732 jefferson32
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+1 for "Barky". Best so far!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:47 | 5081735 Anusocracy
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Balderdash.

The world is on a learning curve concerning the US and its behavior. Bush was just earlier on the curve.

There is no substantial difference between POS Bush and POS Obama.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:12 | 5081875 Freddie
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Obama is not an American.  He is owned by Deep State, AIPAC and the elite dual citizens.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:15 | 5082191 WillyGroper
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You confuse friends with blackmail & interests.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:15 | 5081549 buzzsaw99
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i have one standing rule: never knowingly eat anything that comes from china

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:16 | 5081559 pods
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Right with you buzz, not sure this is a positive for Russia.

pods

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:28 | 5081628 Latina Lover
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I'm not sure I agree... eaten some great chinese during trips to Shanghai, LOL.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:00 | 5081809 Anusocracy
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There are good levels of food inspection and safety but even the US has plenty of problems.

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/sections/foodborne-illness-outbreaks/

China has four times our population which would mean about four times the food problems.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:41 | 5082028 Freddie
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The USA is a joke with open borders, ebola, GMO, crap fake food, pink slime, corn syrup and the list goes on.

You USA firsters-Obama lovers sicken me.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:05 | 5082157 Doubleguns
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Buzzsaw remember they even fed their own children adulterated formula. yep never eat any thing from China. The ruskys will regret this very soon. 

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:45 | 5082320 Never One Roach
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<< never eat anything that comes from China......or the Fuki Pacific or California or the Gulf ....or any of our fresh water streams.....>>

 

Sadly, many of our own resources are also polluted and who knows WTF will happen when that mass of heavy Fuki water hits Cali beaches as shown by that MIT computer model. China is probably the dirtitest shirt but the problem is global.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 14:19 | 5082828 HardAssets
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" You USA firsters-Obama lovers sicken me. "

There's a Big Pharma vaccine for that.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:02 | 5081819 HardAssets
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Yep . . . In my younger days I had a Chinese girlfriend (she was an American citizen though)

absolutely no complaints.

As an aside - I've had some fantastic Chinese Food in mainland China and in Hong Kong

Maybe the fruit & veggies will be from export sources

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:36 | 5082008 Dixie Rect
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"Yep . . . In my younger days I had a Chinese girlfriend (she was an American citizen though)"

 

When you asked her for 69, did she bring you brocolli beef?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:28 | 5082566 Hulk
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Now thats funny I don't care who you are !!!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:23 | 5081942 firstdivision
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Set off metal detectors on your return trip?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:38 | 5082011 BlindMonkey
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The thing about eating Chinese snatch is you want more in 2 hours.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:41 | 5082312 MrPalladium
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"I'm not sure I agree... eaten some great chinese during trips to Shanghai, LOL."

Are you talking about food?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:29 | 5081630 JamesBond
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cut off your arm to sever the head of your enemy

 

 

jb

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:30 | 5081633 Hulk
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You two have obviously never tried the aged, pulled from the River Pork !!!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:39 | 5081687 NeverForgetSilver
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Have you? How does it taste?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:03 | 5081816 Hulk
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Like Chicken, you silly !!!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:56 | 5081778 youngman
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I agree...and Russia is so worried about out GM wheat and corn..and McDonalds cheese...just wait until they test Chinas food products.....

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:18 | 5081561 SheepDog-One
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Yep! Ima stickin to my good ol USA GMO food and pink slime entres, like a good 'Murcan should! Good shit I tells ya.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:25 | 5081571 Dr. Engali
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It's probably a good idea to extend that practice to any processed "food" made in America. 

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:09 | 5081853 thamnosma
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I'm disturbed by your lack of patriotism.  What's a little tumor in the fight for freedom?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:18 | 5081573 rainingFrogs
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true dat.  or feed it to your dog. 

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:10 | 5081862 thamnosma
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Feed it to your dog?  Remember the melamine tainted pet food a few years ago?  Killed thousands of them.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:19 | 5081580 Gringo Viejo
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Funny you say that. Few years ago went to Big 5 and bought some leather work boots that were made in China. Within 2 weeks I had some god awful fungus on my ankles and top of my feet. Got rid of 'em ASAP.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:22 | 5081596 COSMOS
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That is because some dude here in USA tried them on before you and he had nasty fungus lol

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:27 | 5081619 Gringo Viejo
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+ 10 cosmos. lmao

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:20 | 5081585 Winston Churchill
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They wash it all in the holy water or the ganges first, so whats your problem ?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:24 | 5081606 saveUSsavers
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Chinese apples highest pesticides on the planet, DON'T TOUCH ANY OF THEIR SHIT

Espec farmed fish !

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:50 | 5082083 Kirk2NCC1701
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How about them Farmed Shrimp, from China or... Vietnam? More potent than BP-shrimp from the Gulf, I hear.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:05 | 5082148 NeverForgetSilver
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Yes, 90% of our sea food are imported from places like China, Vietnam, Mexico, etc. You think Vietnam is safer than China? At least China gets better export control. There are so many big mouths here.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:42 | 5083736 Dublinmick
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"There are so many big mouths here.""There are so many big mouths here.""There are so many big mouths here.""There are so many big mouths here."

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:07 | 5081636 NeverForgetSilver
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A little hard to do since a lot of the inputs to the food are from China such as fertilizer, pesticides, plastic wraps, packaging, etc. Also American fruits are well known with high level of additives such as genetic engineering, steroids, fertilizer, pesticides, …. BTW, China’s life expectancy of 75.2 is not much below US, especially considering it is a third world country which should have a much lower life expectancy such as India’s at 66.

 

 

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:12 | 5081874 thamnosma
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India is nasty.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:09 | 5082451 NeverForgetSilver
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Hmm... Based on ZH poll, China is the nastiest. Nobody ever complained about India. I must assume it is good. I have been planning to visit there but got postponed again and again.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:32 | 5081641 Oracle 911
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If you are concerned about the pollutant content I can understand it, otherwise....

Anyway do you ever wondered, what is the pesticide residue and herbicide residue content of the American GMO food?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:52 | 5081763 mobtown
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I work as a chef and I feed thousands of people each week. (institutinal, and in the US). Almost every frozen or canned vegetable or fruit now comes from China.
When did the U.S. stop growing fruit and vegetables? I guess when the food purveyors figured out that it was cheaper to buy food grown in human shit and processed by people making $1.00 per hour.

PS: ALL of the chain restaurants in the U.S.use this crap too.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:14 | 5081890 HardAssets
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mobtown - thanks for the info.

This re-enforces our decision to have a place out in the country where we have enough room to grow & raise our own food.
Our neighbors are friendly, well spaced from each other, have practical skills, and are well armed.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:15 | 5081900 thamnosma
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When real estate developers started plowing under some of the best all-season production areas in the country in California and Arizona.  You would not believe the amount of productive land now under massive sprawl to line the pockets of DR Horton, Pulte and their paid off politicians.

Look at fresh produce -- what used to be US grown now comes from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Brazil, etc.   Everyone's worried about energy independence but food independence should rank at least as high.   Yes, we have plenty of grains but fresh fruit and veggies -- we no longer produce enough of our own and CANNOT -- the farmland cannot be retrieved.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:44 | 5082038 Cathartes Aura
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no one reads the tiny fine print on their corporate fud-labels any more. . .

from 2013:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in addressing a decade-long trade dispute over farm imports, said it will allow poultry slaughtered in the U.S. and Canada to be processed in China and returned to the U.S. for consumption.

also 2013:

Smithfield Foods Inc. (SFD), the world’s largest hog and pork producer, said U.S. regulators will allow the company to be bought by China’s Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. in what would be the biggest Chinese purchase of a U.S. firm.

“This transaction will create a leading global animal protein enterprise,” Zhijun Yang, Chief Executive Officer of Shuanghui International, said in a joint statement from both companies released yesterday.

dated 22 July 2014:

China's cattle feast on alfalfa from Utah ranch The crop is highly prized by a growing Chinese dairy industry, prompting investors to buy U.S. farmland. Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/07/22/3290362/chinas-cattle-feast-on-...

China has long depended on the U.S. breadbasket, importing up to $26 billion in U.S. agricultural products yearly. But increasingly, Chinese investors aren't just buying from farms abroad. They're buying the farms.

When a Chinese conglomerate paid $4.7 billion last year for Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's largest pork producer, it assumed control of vast tracts of farmland in North Carolina, Virginia and other states - possibly 100,000 acres or more. Chinese private businesses and state-owned industries have also purchased farmland in Australia, Ukraine and parts of Africa and South America.

 

lol "sovereign nations". . .

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:55 | 5082109 tony wilson
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you is wong dere fella we grows der best gmo corn syrup here in der world betta dan anyones corn hole syrups

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:54 | 5081770 snowlywhite
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and anyway, ain't it fun when a food deficit country goes to another one for "salvation"?

 

it's the same as with EZ, US and Japan "saving" each other in the financial world. Only that one can live pretty well without the toilet paper; without food...

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:18 | 5081906 thamnosma
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Look at it this way - there are no sanctions against China.  Given it's all a global market, China just buys more fruit and veggies with the cash they get from Russia.  In one door, out the other.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:30 | 5081976 snowlywhite
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yes, and you move them to China, which moves them to Russia. China which will also add something to the price; and which is only 10k km. away from the relevant areas of Russia.

 

efficiency at it's best. But we ship and sell bottled water while we complain we're running out of oil, so what can you expect...

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:04 | 5081828 SethDealer
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Is it safe to eat pussy from china?? heard it tastes like chicken. will it give me yellow fever?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 22:47 | 5085484 StychoKiller
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Mmm, appetizers:  Shrimp-toast, pot stickers, spring rolls, and scallion pancakes;

Hot and sour soup,

Entrees:  Egg foo-young, Mu-shu shrimp, twice-cooked pork, General Tso's chicken, lo-mein noodles.

Dessert:  Li-chi nuts and almond cookies!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:19 | 5082527 Idaho potato head
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I won't eat food sent to the US from China, anywhere else in the world, no worries.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:14 | 5081552 SheepDog-One
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Full 'faith' and EZ credit on the Federal reserve note....not so much according to some countries!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:15 | 5081553 Gringo Viejo
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FOOD FIGHT!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:16 | 5081564 richsob
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Do you have ANY idea how untrustworthy the food is that's raised and/or processed in China? I spend a lot of time in China and the Chinese don't trust their food at all. Now the Russians are going to join in and eat that shit? Yea, that's really moving forward in a positive way.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:26 | 5081613 saveUSsavers
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Seen those farm-raised fish with caged chickens above feeding them their chickenshit- how novel!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:53 | 5081750 NeverForgetSilver
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Chinese do not trust anything including their government. Americans seem to trust anything the government says.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:51 | 5083807 Dublinmick
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Nothing healthier than Polish apples and Romanian wine. In fact after communism, they say large areas of Romania are covered in lead dust due to poor smelting methods.

And of course those Polish apples are immune to Chernobyl radiation.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:17 | 5081565 Two dogs
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I'm still half-expecting the EU to retaliate by banning gas-imports from Russia.  Before anyone chimes in to say nobody could make such a stupid decision - bear in mind that politicos are involved in these decisions.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:17 | 5081566 tony wilson
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china apples are full of lead and plastics.

my dear amerigun fiends please join me in supporting polsh freedom

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4dlXh0IfA0

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:22 | 5081598 localizer
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You think Polish apple is free from crap? Actually Russian standards for food are even more strict than those in EU... the problem is with the black market stuff that makes its way to the markets etc. The problem is with the the lack of control and enforcement and corruption not the standards.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:28 | 5081620 saveUSsavers
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DUMB ARGUMENT then, get it?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:15 | 5082189 Villageidiot777
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Russian standards: strict on paper, enforcing none.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:55 | 5083823 Dublinmick
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Polish apples are grown right next to Chernobyl.

They don't even eat wild mushrooms or wild pigs in Germany because of Chernobyl. They are highly radioactive. My mother in law died of cancer in Germany. I would be surprised if Chernobyl had something to do with it.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:02 | 5083878 Seek_Truth
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Geography not your strong suit, eh?

Belarus is next to Chernobyl, not Poland.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:29 | 5081632 Infinite QE
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Tony is 100% correct. There are two-tiers of food supply in China. One for the government elite which comes from their own private organic gardens. The other is for the donkeys. Toxic, Monsatan garbage but at full-Western prices.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:41 | 5081702 localizer
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private organic gardens

 

Such thing exists? I mean I can hardly imagine anything organic being grown in China, considering it's a world factory with a disastrous environmental record... then again what organic stuff can be grown anywhere? Everything is fucked up - soil, water, air...

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:55 | 5081779 NeverForgetSilver
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Yes, boycott them so we can return to our primitive life.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:58 | 5082128 The Blank Stare
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And we haven't even started talking about Fukushima yet.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:43 | 5082317 Infinite QE
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You should see some of the setups. Private compounds with miltary guards.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:18 | 5081570 localizer
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European Union planned to convince Brazil, Chile and other Latin American states not to export their food products to Russia.


Good luck with that, LMAO

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:28 | 5081624 saveUSsavers
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Chile seedless red grapes highest pesticide there is

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:43 | 5081720 JustObserving
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If that is true, how safe are Chilean wines?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:01 | 5081814 localizer
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Chilean wines is fine, great value for money. I think with wine the situation is much better since obviously they use different variety for export wine production and grapes are picked and processed on-site. The biggest problem with exporting fruit is how to preserve it... and when you have to ship it half way across the world it's even a bigger problem...

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:42 | 5081711 Omen IV
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if brazil and chile dont agree they will sanction them- the stupidity is an endless loop

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:07 | 5082163 Troy Ounce
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The stupid fucks were even prepared to subsidize the fruit industries in all those countries for not exporting fruit to Russia. In the meantime they are also subsidizing the whole fruit foodchain in Europa.

For every problem there is a subsidy.

Viva fiat!

 

 

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:59 | 5083853 Dublinmick
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European Union planned to convince Brazil, Chile and other Latin American states not to export their food products to Russia.


Good luck with that, LMAO

Have to admit that is funny. Just let your stuff rot in the field. It is much more important the Ukraine becomes New Khazaria.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:19 | 5081575 pachanguero
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i would like the Sum Ting Wong Please......

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:20 | 5081590 medium giraffe
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Largest country in the world + most populated country in the world.

'We've got 'em surrounded'

*slow clap*

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:00 | 5083861 Dublinmick
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Frigging A, Giraffe.

Reminds me of Custer before the little Big Horn when he said we have got them where we want them now men.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:22 | 5081600 LawsofPhysics
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Trade is the only thing that matters, period. 

 

I wonder how much of that fruit is coming from California?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:31 | 5082574 Hulk
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That beed dried fruit comin from Kaliforny...

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 22:57 | 5085516 StychoKiller
Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:25 | 5081609 Spungo
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It's amazing how terrible US and EU leaders are. Ask other countries to stop selling food to Russia?? I know exactly what they will say: we'll sell to the highest bidder. The only way to stop Russia from getting food is for the US and EU to buy all of that food.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:37 | 5081677 Perfecthedge
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After the Opium-war we will now have the Fruit-and-Vegetables-Wars!  Great! More points to humankind and world leaders.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:51 | 5081754 SheepDog-One
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It's only proper democracy if the tyranny is obeyed to the letter. Do as we say, not as we do.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:28 | 5081625 yogibear
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Most of the fruit now comes from South America. Costco sells plenty of fruit from Chile and Peru. Russia has an agreement with them. The BRICS can crowd out the US and Europe.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:38 | 5081662 Perfecthedge
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I would laugh so hard if China started importing all that yummy-European food and re-exporting it again to Russia.  Now THAT would be a big FUCK YOU US/EU! 

Many Russians (especially middle/upper class) got used to buy German Müller or Dr. Oetker products and could get them via China.  Russia would officially still sanction the EU and still get their stuff.

A friend of mine worked at Mercedes HQ in Germany and they used to sell trucks to Turkey and from there they ended up in Gaddafi's car park.  Mystery....nobody knows how he got his hands on shiny new Benzes.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.....this has become such a clusterfuck, there isn't even enough Popcorn and Sofa time to really enjoy it.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:40 | 5082022 smacker
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"I would laugh so hard if China started importing all that yummy-European food and re-exporting it again to Russia.  Now THAT would be a big FUCK YOU US/EU! "

Even better: EU food exporters to China can be told to deliver their produce directly to the Chinese side of the new Russian-Chinese agricultural trading centre being built which will straddle their two borders. That way, EU exporters are not breaking sanctions introduced for no reason by their insane governments and Russia gets the produce it wants immediately.

What then Mr Slimeball-In-Chief Barreloso?? Do you begin applying sanctions to China? Good luck with that.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:37 | 5081676 Sudden Debt
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Yeah... great Obummel!!

85 THOUSAND PEOPLE!!!!!!

EIGHTY FIVEEEE THOUSSSAAND PEOPLE!!!!!!!

JUST LOST THEIR JOB BECAUSE OF YOU YOU DUMBFUCK!!!!!!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:44 | 5081716 Omen IV
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Obama the job creator  no - destroyer !

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:46 | 5082050 BlindMonkey
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Operation "Choke Point" in the US is a job killer too. DoJ using the banks to kill business it doesn't like. Spiteful bastards and yet, mostly, silence from MSM.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:09 | 5082170 Troy Ounce
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Next up: job summit

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:42 | 5081705 TradingTroll
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We have Chinese fruits and vegetables here in N. America. They are labeled organic, non GMO.

 

Independent labs test them and the levels of lead, aluminum, cadmium, are through the roof.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:47 | 5081739 Backin2006
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Pick your poison... One for me, one for the environment...

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:09 | 5081852 p00k1e
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I've purchased oranges from Kroger which were sourced from South Africa. 

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:04 | 5082103 Lea
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Before you say anything about China... Once, I bought GMO-free Omega 3 capsules in America. The product, once again, was guaranteed not to contain any GMO. I checked, and it turned out the envelope of the capsule was entirely made of GMO corn gelatin. What they meant, presumably, was that the oil itself was GM free. They omitted the rest...

It went straight to the dustbin.

Then, I ordered an American herbal tea, guaranteed 100% malva verticellata (a lose-weight plant of sorts). Upon receiving the box, I read on it 90% malva verticellata, 10% senae (some old cheap laxative). Tests were conducted on the herbal tea, which, in reality, contained 2% malva verticellata, 98% cheap filler senae. Big scam!

So if I were you, I wouldn't trust anything American-grown at all, unless you grow it yourself (or are prepared to sue the firm for defrauding its customers. Or have everything you mean to eat tested). Mislabelling and lying to the consumers seem to be a very real American problem.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:58 | 5082121 Kirk2NCC1701
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Not concerned. We buy only local (mostly) organic, or Organic from South Am.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:10 | 5082178 Troy Ounce
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Who cares about poison? Shareholders value is up. So?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:46 | 5082660 napper
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Please post the links to the independent labs tests you are talking about.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 14:13 | 5082799 tsuki
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If I want pine nuts, I have to send to Nevada to get them.  Even the health food stores buy China sourced.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 14:55 | 5083018 Village-idiot
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The heavy metals come from the human $h!t they use as fertilizer.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:44 | 5081724 Tenshin Headache
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While Obama is golfing, Putin is working.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:48 | 5081738 Magnum
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China is known for contaminated food.

At least China doesn't join the other countries in sanctioning Russia because of Ukraine, a contaminated game plan.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:46 | 5082347 vincenze
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I suspect that American food is the most contaminated food in the world.

You can travel to a foreign country and compare a local chicken to an American. The American is twice as big and cheaper. But the local tastes much better, and you loose weight eating it.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:48 | 5081743 AGoldhamster
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Bullish.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:51 | 5081748 falak pema
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For a hegemonic country, as its NATO shanghied subservient Euro  continent, that have been jointly shoving down other people's throats--via joint control of IMF-- the petrodollar exorbitant privilege, using the multilateral surrogate WTO  mecanism and transcontinental intra-bloc bilateral deals, to further ramrod Oligarchy rule on the desperate and damned populations of third world,  it is ironic to see these uber economies (all fiat pumped on toxic debt) now bitching about the OTHER world getting its act together to extricate itself from the petrodollar and US Oligarchy embargo stranglehold.

The world moves dangerously down the ladder into the snake pit of race to bottom. All the while the defenders of civilization act like they be on the financial Titanic. On its maiden voyage of "new world of derivative financed Jack's beanstalk to infinity" order; before it hits the inflation iceberg. 

Some scenario. Where is Alice in WOnderland?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:50 | 5081749 BeerMe
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If you are going to fight an economic war you better know what you are doing.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:00 | 5081773 viedoklis_lv
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Soon Russia will find it self completley dependent from China (energy (only client), food, tehnology, etc.)

China response - Why not?!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:49 | 5082067 BlindMonkey
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And then there is India.

Joint 5 gen fighter program
Gas
Etc
Etc

They are only being isolated if you have a US centric view of the world.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:09 | 5082167 viedoklis_lv
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I don't think they are isolated but they are being more dependent on China by each day. Is it good or bad for Russia - it's for them to decide.

 

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:03 | 5083881 bid the soldier...
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You mean the way Europe is completely dependant on the US?

American response: "Ka-ching!"

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:57 | 5081785 Snoopy the Economist
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Poor Russians - who the f*ck would eat anything from China? The Chinese have proven that they poison their own food just to make more money.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:50 | 5082075 Cathartes Aura
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lol, oh my, have you checked your super-market labels lately?

or where the corporates are sourcing their ingredients?  that's a bit harder to check on,

since they aren't required to disclose.

amrkn fud is pure crap.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:57 | 5081790 esum
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notice NO GRAVEYARDS in china......... yum yum

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:25 | 5081951 edifice
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Need lots of fertilizer to grow enough food to feed that massive population... and Soylent Yellow.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:57 | 5081795 silvermail
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After the Chinese came, the Americans and Europeans in this country do nothing. The Chinese come forever and they do not tolerate competition. With love from Russia, food from West for Russia market is goodbye forever.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:05 | 5081832 DeliciousSteak
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Seems like the Russian military budget increases are right on time to fend off any direct annexation by the Chinese. Russia becoming a vassal state of China, who would've thought. Good luck Mr. Bear, may Mr. Dragon treat you well.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:57 | 5082115 NeverForgetSilver
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It is stupid to push a pair of traditional rivals into a coalition. Why not let them fight to benefit us?  US government has done the impossible. Congratulations!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:06 | 5081836 John McCloy
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If the central planner PPTers keep intervening in the "markets" and the S&P stays lofty does it count?? You bet it does... Even before all this the state of the economy is near the worst it has ever been...this is gonna cripple Europe also ...the undertones of unrest are growing and these bureaucrats really just are so blue pilled up they are doing nothing but exacerbate for the peons (us) how horrific this collapse is gonna be...
And that is without WW3 and Ebola on the table..
They are murdering the Dollar as the reserve currency out of sheer hubris.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:10 | 5081839 Jorgen
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