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Would you eat organic produce from China?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 24, 2011 at 2:25 PM

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While I have lived in China for quite some time, their food and environmental issuses are the number one reason I don't want to go their again (which sucks considering I'm soon getting my masters degree in sinology, haha...)

Personally I don't trust any Chinese product, organic or not and would never buy it. One of my colleagues went to a Chinese organic rice farm (still used pesticides, just less...) and when the harvest wasn't enough they simply bought non-organic rice and sold it.

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on March 03, 2012
at 09:38 PM

I think that was melamine. Like plastic. They put it in pet food also.

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on November 28, 2011
at 06:21 PM

:).............

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on November 25, 2011
at 02:27 AM

I completely agree - i often find i feel safer with "locally" grown things (like eggs from neighbours chickens and ducks and beef from nearby farms).

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on November 24, 2011
at 04:02 PM

I buy oolong and black tea and occassionally white tea from China that are supposedly organic. For green teas I stick with those from Japan.

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on November 24, 2011
at 03:51 PM

If and when the Taoists get back in charge...

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on November 24, 2011
at 03:28 PM

I wouldn't, no. Taiwanese (et al.) are another story, though :)

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on November 25, 2011
at 01:05 AM

a manufacturer thought nothing of putting melomine in baby formula to make it appear to contain more protein than it did.

i have seen pictures of fish farms side by side with rice paddies that are heavily treated with pesticides and fertilizers.

i wouldn't chance it.

2d1729002574093032132b662b536226

(78)

on March 03, 2012
at 09:38 PM

I think that was melamine. Like plastic. They put it in pet food also.

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on November 24, 2011
at 05:57 PM

Not until they can keep their melons from exploding in the fields.

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on November 25, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Nope, nope, nope. As Sage said, there are too many horror stories about their products AND pollution. Even if the farmer tries hard, you have to wonder about pollutants in the soil and water.

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on November 24, 2011
at 05:17 PM

Not knowingly. (Feeling thankful today for living in a place that offers a farmers market every single day of the week.:))

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on November 28, 2011
at 06:21 PM

:).............

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on March 03, 2012
at 04:45 PM

DOnt trust china! yeah. maybe you look for some positive news. INDIA is the this year BIO HERO. ITs supported and growth ower the past years. and now big in buisness and china wil follow. Organic buisness will be more strict and transperency in china. also it will be sometimes more fraudulent cause everything which get more popular in the pop society in modern lifestyle, has to be produced in large quanitities and so proof is difficult.

Bio fraudulant behave also occured in italy. where bio product were leballed organic and in reality it were non organic products. so it happens every where. go to allibaba the trading website search forsome organic produce. and maybe you get an idea how this all works. theres is still a big void to fill. and still a lot to do to get healthy products from china. PErfectly labeled and certified for the western sceptic customer. or the health conscious western customer.

still there is some good products already. and china is a big country.

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on November 25, 2011
at 02:22 AM

All organic produce is essentially produced on the "honors system", even US-grown produce. I'm skeptical of all organic produce, especially when it fetches a 50-200% premium price.

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on November 25, 2011
at 02:27 AM

I completely agree - i often find i feel safer with "locally" grown things (like eggs from neighbours chickens and ducks and beef from nearby farms).

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on November 25, 2011
at 01:22 AM

I wouldn't trust it myself. But you're assuming that you would know... If I remember correctly, a gap in the country of origin labeling is "processing". If it's processed in the US, it can be labeled as coming from the US, even if all the components came from China. So they start getting enough bad press, losing money on it, poof, situation resolved by packaging in the US.

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on November 25, 2011
at 01:17 AM

China: a good place from which to order pentobarbital if you've grown weary of this world. But food? Er...no.

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