It’s official: Tomato agreement on the block

10/02/2012 12:33:00 PM
Coral Beach

Agreeing with Reinsch of the National Foreign Trade Council, McClung said the termination effort was launched to create an “artificial urgency because of growers in a swing state.”


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Chuck    
Florida  |  October, 03, 2012 at 06:46 PM

U.S. can do with out Mexican tomatoes but the real question is can the Mexican drug cartell do with out their income by washing their money, sending us produce below the cost of producing the crop? Maybe the drug lords will shoot and kill more Americans as they transport drugs into the USA, as they did two days ago. But they still have to convert the ill earned cash into "washed money" and the method they have chosen is produce. If you don't beleave this how can a sane person understand how a Mexican grower/shipper continue to ship below production costs on so many items? Buy American grown by American growers. Thank you, Chuck Obern (I ain't scaierd, bring it on!)

dhinds    
Guadalajara  |  October, 03, 2012 at 11:26 PM

The U.S. can do with out Mexican tomatoes until Florida's winter crop freezes over, as it is prone to do. And if this was about drugs (which it isn't), drug use is far greater in the USA than in Mexico). And America is hardly free if wanton violence, with mass murders occurring in Tucson, Colorado and Virgina etc. But that's irrelevant to the issue and If slandering Mexico is the best Florida growers can do you're in deep trouble. And everyone knows that Mexico provides America's consumers with a superior, fresher product.

John    
Florida  |  October, 04, 2012 at 07:38 AM

dhinds, we do not buy into your lies. There is nothing superior or fresher about mexican produce. All the different growers in different countries get their seeds from the same few places, and many of the growing methods are the same. Concerning freshness, American grown produce is often fresher because there is no border-crossing delay, and the produce is grown closer to the end user. Also, the people who work in our produce industry have access to proper sanitary facilities both at work and at home. Our neigborhoods have excellent reliable waste management systems, and our municipal water can be consumed and bathed in with no fear of aquiring an illness. The same is often not true in many mexican municipalities. Even if the mexican packing house is clean and has good water, the same may not be true when the workers go home. If they get a water-borne illness at home, they will be bringing it to work with them, and hand-washing alone may not be enough to contain it.

ed    
Florida / Arizona  |  October, 16, 2012 at 08:31 AM

John - Go back to school man , you need it ".

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