The USDA’s recent proposed rule to allow Chinese apple imports isn’t expected to cause Northwest growers too much difficulty, particularly if China more fully opens its doors to U.S. apples. But it hasn’t taken long for reaction to roll in, both on The Packer’s story and the regulations.gov website. Here is one comment left at from regulations.gov that appears to come from an incredulous consumer.
From the comment
“Are you nuts? Why in the world would you allow the importation of a crop that could potentially bring with it insects that would devaste our own country's food supply? What natural predators would these insects have in the States - or will you import the predators when the bugs are out of control? Also, we have our own, very good fruit crops here. Do you want to try and put our country's farmers out of business? Perhaps this is one time we need to be selfish and eat what we grow here and only when it is in season. DO NOT endanger our farms, orchards and crops. I don't need to eat a Chinese apple - I don't want a Chinese apple. Washington and Michigan State apples are amazing and all I need.
Use the brains God gave you and show some common sense. China already holds all of our debt, why in the world would we want to pay them for something we already grow pretty damn well here at home.
Some growers may feel like telling the USDA off in that manner. After all, declining prices accompanying rising volume from all sources may also place limitations to their growth.
But I have a sense that Northwest apple growers see another horizon. Rather than anticipate declining returns and retreating, Washington growers will have none of it – at least so far - and accept no self limitations. Bill Snyder would approve.