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Date: 5/31/13 10:09 AM

I just posted this on facebook. I read about this yesterday.

Who thinks companies started (incorporated) and that exist in the United States shouldn't be allowed to be brought by a foreign county especially those to do with food production? Smithfield was just brought by a Chinese company. Sorry no more Smithfield products for me. It has nothing do do with the Chinese people however I don't want my food controlled by a foreign government. What if you were to go to war with them? Or they just got pissed off at us? And they stopped all US production? I don't really care about material goods, except for the fact China pays their workers slave wages. For food is a whole different matter. And basically all the money that is paid for these products is also going to a foreign county and this is good for our economy how? I just have to shake my head at the lack of common sense in our govenment, time after time. Also I learned another big meat producer located here is owned by a company in Brazil. JBS Swift Group. Citizens really need to pay more attention to this stuff.

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Date: 5/31/13 10:20 AM

That's been our Canadian reality for years. All of our iconic beer companies are foreign owned: Brazil/American/Japanese.

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Date: 5/31/13 10:43 AM

Yes but alcohol isn't a necessity, food is. Also were these companies once owned by Canadians?
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Date: 5/31/13 10:48 AM

I don't like it either. ... ...Just seems so wrong on so many levels!

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Date: 5/31/13 11:17 AM

In general, I think that products are better made locally, with any profits accruing staying in the country where they are made. Its a pity that's not the reality.

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Date: 5/31/13 11:20 AM

Yes why ship something across the world when you could grow it right up the street. It would be cheaper also.

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Date: 5/31/13 2:48 PM

I'm not really happy about it. I cringe when I see all the "product of China" labels, and read about their lack of enforced standards and environmental issues. Not to mention, how many little kids were poisoned by the melamine-laced formula, all to save a few pennies and boost the factories profit. And dogs and cats over here that were poisoned.

I hope those who are saying "no more Smithfield" are also paying close attention to the immigration battle regarding our food. More farmers are considering going to other countries because they can't find American workers to work the fields and orchards here in the US. So much for the "taking away American's jobs" argument. The powers that be are considering allowing a number of guest workers for agriculture, but when that number is filled, areas where crops come in later will still be short of workers.

I support inter-country trades, but when it seems like it's always a one-way deal, or the other country has ethics/quality/environmental horror stories..... I just hope China and all the other countries that want fast development can take a lesson out of our history and realize that treating the people and environment with respect costs much less than cleanup and damage control does.

edited to add - IIRC, doesn't China want Smithfield to increase their pork supply, not sell their pork to the U.S.?
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Date: 5/31/13 2:56 PM

As I commented on my facebook place this isn't about products from foreign counties this is about control of our food supply by a foreign power that might not be our friend in the future. Foreign nations shouldn't control the livinghood or food supply of workers here in the US. Companies on American soil shouldn't be own by foreign interests. And this also effects our economy. And I'm sure they are probably getting all kinds of tax breaks. We had better wake up and be self sufficient.

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Date: 5/31/13 3:39 PM

I posted this to my FB page also. I'm also thinking about the welfare of the animals too. Not to mention the true safety of the food. Right now in this economy we should be focusing on selling product to China...not the company. It is just not as economically benificial to us in the short term or long term for that mattter. I'm not sure it is a done deal though. I understand there is a lot of static and public backlach about this. I'm going to keep mu eye on it and be vocal where I can. I believe in free enterprise but because of loopholes in the legal system and policies...I'm just not convinced this is something that should happen

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Date: 5/31/13 5:35 PM

Yes, the Chinese company wants Smithfield to meet pork demand in China-already the world's largest (and fastest growing due to increased standards of living because of the growing economy) pork consumer.

Chinese pork farming is not industrialized, there is a shortage of arable land, processing and distribution are not efficient and Chinese pork farmers can't keep up with domestic demand.

They don't want to export pork from China.

I didn't realize Armour was now a Smithfield company. So is something called Farmland.

It's not a done deal yet but it will probably pass legal muster.

NYT article on the sale

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