GARLIC THREATUS Senator Labels Chinese Garlic a National Security Risk after Accusing China of Growing Garlic Using Sewage

Republican Senator Rick Scott has urged a comprehensive government investigation into the national security implications of garlic imports from China, citing concerns over the safety and sanitary standards of Chinese garlic production methods.

In a letter addressed to the commerce secretary, Senator Scott raised alarming issues regarding the safety of Chinese garlic imports, emphasizing the potential risks associated with unsanitary production practices in the country.

While China stands as the world’s largest exporter of fresh and chilled garlic, the US remains a significant consumer. The contentious trade relationship between the two nations has faced ongoing controversy, with the US accusing China of “dumping” garlic into the market at prices below production costs.

Senator Scott’s letter amplifies existing concerns about Chinese garlic imports, stressing the need for a focused investigation into the quality and safety standards, particularly in light of what he referred to as “severe public health concerns.”

He pointed to alleged practices in Chinese garlic production, citing online sources and documentaries that document growing garlic in conditions purportedly involving sewage. This has led Senator Scott to call upon the Department of Commerce to launch an inquiry, utilizing legislation permitting investigations into specific imports and their impact on national security.

The senator’s appeal extends to all forms of garlic imports from China, emphasizing the critical importance of food safety and security as foundational elements for national security, public health, and economic well-being.

Contrary to claims made in Senator Scott’s letter, the Office for Science and Society at McGill University disputes assertions of Chinese garlic being grown using sewage as fertilizer. The university’s research dismisses concerns, affirming that while unconventional, the practice of using human sewage as fertilizer for crops is an effective and safe agricultural method.

“Human waste is as effective a fertilizer as is animal waste. Spreading human sewage on fields that grow crops doesn’t sound appealing, but it is safer than you might think,” McGill University says.


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