09/02/2011 09:06:00 AMAmelia Freidline
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Totally disagree. Pre NAFTA Florida was the winter capital of fresh fruits and vegetables for the eastern half of the USA and then Washington got involved and has done a great job of trying to destroy another American industry. We are not allowed to supply our energy needs our clothing needs and now the ability to feed ourselves. Why are so many American growers moving south to Mexico?? Why is it when a food safety issue happens in America the media is all over it and they destroy an industry(tomatoes come to mind) and then they find out the product came from Mexico its business as usual.
OF COURSE Mark Konstan wants mexican growers NOT to pesuade on the image of mexican growers, since his company (TPE) make a nice 50 % profit from brokering the mexican produce on the us market.
I could not agree more. Here in Houston, the burger capital of the south, I would estimate 40% of burgers have some ingredient imported from Mexico. But God forbid we start talking about what the burger joints put in our burgers. Americans are ignorantly proud of their roots and as with everything else in life, education or lack of, makes it impossible for people to see beyond their prejudice. I've seen some amazing facilities in Mexico and they're the result of great foreign visionaries, and that's a threat some US Americans can't tolerate.
Mexican growers are leading the nation in the produce world. Brokers are a thing of the past. Mexican growers are moving towards "SEED TO FORK" Its intresting when a broker calls himself a grower.