Although this thread was dealing with the recession & taxes, it holds true for food production as well.
Recovery from Recession? Any guess, opinions?
Here's one of the posts with great insight:
"...Companies don't go offshore for an "educated workforce" or "infrastructure" - they go offshore because they can remove manufacturing entirely from their books to a CM, often once- or twice-removed. They go offshore because it's CHEAP. They go offshore for the tax breaks. They go offshore because they can pay employees wages which wouldn't pay to fill up a tank of gas here. They go offshore to be able to dump pollution directly into rivers..."
US corporations contract with other countries for food because it's cheap. Cheap for them. In some foreign countries there's no hourly wage minimum, no unions for workers, no strict environmental guidelines. The profit margin for corporations buying food from overseas is astronomical.
Case in point: Walmart. The company that's proud about being working-class & all-American.
The US imports billions
of pounds of meat & produce from other countries. If you want cheap food, you got it! If you want to eat foods that are out of season, you can have that too. But one way or another, you will pay for it.
Not one country alone is to blame for bad products or bad foods. To focus only on China as a scapegoat is short-sighted. There's plenty of blame to go around.