Even the high and mighty Taiwanese have plastic in many products
absolutely nothing about mad cow or ractophine or whatever seems to be the latest Taiwan/US beefophobia.]
Belgian Pie wrote:
But you're right, it's not about the beef, it's about the whole system behind the beef ... companies like Monsanto, Cargill ... More beef means more corn meaning that companies like mentioned before can sell more genetically modified seeds, pesticides, fertilizers ... and can sell more feed ...
Taiwan Luthiers wrote:I am sorry, but the first few response just reeks of nationalism.
First of all, it is common knowledge that US does feed beef offals to other cows, thus increasing the risk of transmission of diseases like mad cow disease, that and many inhumane but cheap farming practices that just isn't good.
Plus even if no one bans beef import, no one in Taiwan will buy them because this culture is driven partly by gossip, and once the bad reputation is out, its very hard make it go away. If you notice many restaurants and even Carrefour posted notice saying that they do not use or sell US beef, so the only way to get them is through retailers or restaurants who takes US beef and passes it off as Australian. Threatening Taiwan with loss of visa wavier (which doesn't mean much... its just that the decision is shifted from AIT staff to US immigration checks, both are equally hard-ass) or weapons sale doesn't do the US any good, and in fact will bite them in the ass because people will see US as a bully.
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