china food quality
Dear DrRexDester, I live in China with my 2 kids and spouse. We worry daily about the food quality in China. Each day there is a different scandal most of which are illegal but widely practiced-the government is trying hard to clean it up, but the food china is in far worse shape than the West.
For instance farmers have been exposed using formeldihyde to perserve cabbage. (totally illegal). This allows them to market the food year round, save on shipping costs and sell when the prices are higher.
Growth hormones (totally illegal) are so prevelant that the China oympic athelets won't eat meat in China before international events because they know it will cause them to fail a doping test.
Milk powder has been laced with chemicals (totally illegal) to give it more "protein" similar to a drug dealer cutting high grade coke with baking soda in order to sell more volume.
Colouring is injected into eggs, tomatoes, watermelons etc. to make them look fresher. (i don't know if it's legal or not).
BPA is allowed for water bottles etc. (legal)
Far higher amounts of lead in everything. (legal)
Some of China's water does have fluride natually occuring in it while the injection of fluride was stopped not becuase it was bad but because at the time the locals couldn't manage inputting it safely and consistantly. My spouse's teeth were ruined by excessive amounts-She was born in 1970 and it occured in and around 1980's. If you see a Chinese person that is from the Mainland and born at this time, their teeth may be discoloured.
I am in the water purfication business and see water tests all day long from all over China. Water quality is nowhere like the West and contains metals and chemicals far higher than WHO suggested levels. (their standards are acceptable, but not always followed or as it travels the piping it picks up contaniments).
The issue with lowering of IQ and water is more due to lead poisening from pipes or from battery factories etc. (IMHO).
Chinese medicine is certainly more "natural" than Western medicine, but the Chinese use both. For instance anti-biodics are used enmasse in the Hospitals for EVERTHING, always. This is not good long term as the immunity is broken down.
It goes on and on; the food supply is a total mess, with corruption and people who don't care if you get cancer or sick. They just want to make money with no moral compass. However, due to the internet this is now being exposed quickly and the government is reacting faster and faster.
You may want to reconsider your opinion.