Unfortunately, we need to inform you that the garlic you buy at the local market or in the nearest supermarket is probably imported from China!
Epoch Times claims that “64,876 tons of dried, fresh, or chilled garlic, were imported from China in 2014… About a third of the garlic in the United States comes from China.”
Apparently, we are no longer consuming garlic produced in California, but an imported one from China, where the quality control is a huge problem, and the origin of the garlic and method of production are unknown.
Numerous farmers in China commonly use pesticides which are illegal to use for farming purposes. Epoch Times also reported:
“An undercover magazine reporter investigating in the area found that many vegetable farmers used phorate and parathion, two pesticides banned by the government, to irrigate the crops to save time and effort.”
The two of these chemicals, phorate and parathion are known to be highly toxic poisons.
Furthermore, the soil and pollution in China are also major issues.
“An official government report in 2014 showed that nearly a fifth of China’s soil is contaminated by heavy metals like cadmium and arsenic as well as unhealthy amounts of pesticides and fertilizers. Severe pollution has tainted all of China’s major rivers with large amounts of industrial chemicals and household waste.”
Therefore, it is of high importance to learn how to recognize the garlic imported from China. Next time you go to the grocery store to buy garlic, make sure you pay attention to the following things:
-The Chinese garlic is lighter, while the safe garlic is more bulbous and heavier.
– To save weight, the Chinese cut the roots and stems off from the garlic, so if it has these parts, it is safe to consume.
– The richer taste of the garlic indicates that it is produced in California. Food Reference reported that California-grown garlic measured 40 out of 40 in brisk flavor measurement, and the imported Chinese garlic only measured 28 out of 40.
Yet, just to be on the safe side, we recommend that you buy your garlic from a local farmer that you know, or to grow it on your own.