Some of us may remember from a year or so ago when the Chinese decided to buy the largest pork producer in the United States, Smithfield Foods. Concerns about selling our food supply to another country did not go unnoticed, nor did the animal rights legislation that prohibits citizens from owning animals, but an agreement called the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) that was taking place behind closed doors did. Smithfield Foods was acquired by the Chinese group Shuanghui, the largest producer in the People’s Republic of China, in September 2013. This might tempt your taste buds into “red” instead of “white” meat when you flash out that debit card instead of the Discover.
Many of us recall the NAFTA, drafted under President “daddy” Bush but “Before the negotiations were finalized, Bill Clinton came into office in the U.S”. Then we had CAFTA, signed by President George W. Bush on August 2, 2005. Neither of the agreements have provided the United States people with any benefits other than forcing US companies to go abroad to manufacture with foreign labor. The US companies on foreign land gain profits with cheaper labor and more sales of cheaper merchandise. Wouldn’t it be nice for those companies if they didn’t have to pay an import/export tax also with a Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
“The TPP is a regional negotiation that includes the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, which account for nearly 40 percent of global GDP.” The TPP is Obama’s dream of reducing import fees for products from other countries into the United States while benefiting those companies who support his agenda, especially the Chinese and Mexico.
“The United States has been running consistent trade deficits since 1980 due to high imports of oil and consumer products. In recent years, the biggest trade deficits were recorded with China, Japan, Germany, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.” “Japan is currently our 4th largest goods trading partner ….. Goods exports totaled $65 billion; Goods imports totaled $139 billion.
The U.S. goods trade deficit with Japan was $73 billion in 2013” which means we buy more of Japan’s goods than we sell to their country by $73 Million dollars. Leading categories include: pork and pork products in agriculture.
“The group says the agreed-upon objectives of the TPP are that it include trade in goods – including agricultural ones – services, investment, e-commerce, competition policy and intellectual property; that there be no product or sector exclusions, especially in agriculture; “ How many of us were questioning the ownership of foreign companies by America’s rich and powerful?! Now we need not only question America’s richest ownership in foreign countries but question the ownership of Foreign Entrepreneurs of American companies!!!
U.S. exports of agricultural products to TPP countries totaled $58.8 billion in 2013, 85 percent of total U.S. agricultural exports Do we really have to wonder why our food bills at the grocery stores have increased astronomically year and year? When we make it beneficial for American companies to export our food instead of feeding our Nation, we have shipped our wealth and our plates to foreign nations especially those who are legally considered 3rd world but have standards of living higher than most Americans.
Since Smithfield Foods has subsidiaries, I’ll list some of them to provide context as to how much of our food is now in Chinese hands which accounts for the reason why Obama wants to “free” import/export for Chinese chicken and other meats from certain countries that are included in the TPP agreement.
Agroindustrial del Noroeste (Mexico)
Carolina Food Processors
Cumberland Gap Provision Co.
Granjas Carroll de México
John Morrell & Company
North Side Foods Corp.
Premium Standard Farms
Smithfield Ferme/Comtim Group (Romania)
The idea of a foreign company owning the United States’ largest pork production facility is intimidating enough but add to that the ambassadors that the US President has assigned to those particular countries will make your skin crawl. One in particular should be enough to give you the idea of the direction this is headed.
The Ambassador assigned to Signapore is David Adelman. Most of us are saying, so freaking what and have no idea who David Adelman is in relation to the United States. Bear with me, it gets good. David Adelman is the former Democratic minority whip of the Georgia state senate and a longtime partner of Sutherland Asbill and Brennan which just happens to be the Exact same law firm where Lois G. Lerner’s husband, Michael R. Miles, is also a partner AND A TAX ATTORNEY.
Lois Lerner was a member of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) who IS dropping the bomb on agriculture in the United States. It’s now illegal to ship a puppy to a new owner unless you abide by the enormous cost regulations imposed by the United States Department of Agriculture written by the animal rights group HSUS, ASPCA, Member of the AKC, and approved by the USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.
The USDA, for the past several years, has been hiring animal rights activists to work in the enforcement division of the USDA. Animal rights is the belief that animals should not be used for food. So, of course, those enforcement officers will do everything in their power to put an American business in the drink. All stamped with the USDA signature approval by Secretary of the USDA, Tom Vilsack.
Makes one wonder how DuPont benefits but it’s rather obvious when the most senior lawyer to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Ramona Romera appointed by President Obama was/is a senior lawyer for DuPont Merck. Ms. Romera, an immigrant at age 10, also served as National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (2008-2009. DuPont has its R&D facilities located in China, Japan, Taiwan, India, Germany, and Switzerland with an average investment of $1.3 billion” There’s a heck of a lot of pork in all those billions.