OL you want wierd?
They make loads of pesticides that cannot be used in this country, but you can ship them elsewhere...
The FMC Corporation, HQ'd in Philly, manufacures a producty called [url=https://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Product.jsp?REG_NR=00027902874&DIST_NR=000279]Furadan[/url] that was banned here because it is incredibly toxic to soil biology, fish, well everything really...
Despite the increased off-label use in Africa by herdsmen to poison lions, which it does easily as it is an ACUTE toxin, and despite the fact that it is a known cholinesterase inhibitor (it delays or stops chemical messages from cell to cell in your body, actually messing with synaptic response), becoming more and more linked to Parkinson's and other neurological issues, the company is fighting the EPA ban here! To hell with lions, or Americans or being able to hold a pencil or a fork, they have a right to make this stuff!
So if you are surprised that some company is fudging on green beans, put it in context. There are truly evil agendas being pursued in the name of economic gain to day. Chemical culture leads the pack in my mind, but our food sourcing is under assault on a number of fronts.
There is GM proliferation, the new "food safety" bill is a ruse to put small farms out of business with undue burden of record keeping, big agribiz is sending the growing overseas where it can't be monitored (do we REALLY think Whole Paycheck is about local and organic?), and goverment has inserted itself into the food chain in a manner that supports business over nutrition (if you doubt me there read "Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal" by Joel Salatin. He and I may not share political views in general, but he is a farmer I can agree with).
So what is our answer? Grow everything ourselves? Unlikely, but let's take a stab at it. Look at what AS takes out of a little yard in Jersey; quite amazing... I got a ton of potatoes out of some throwaway compost fixins and some chicken wire; LOTS more this year you bet. Tater grew a crazy plant from Ecuador this year that he was still eating a week ago 21 lb.s of tuber from a 6'X6' plant and get this tastes like a mix of melon and pear and it has no sugar, doesn't rot and it won't kill you like high fructose corn syrup is killing Americans...
John has scratched the surface and is recoiling from the smell, but our current food production in this country is rotten to the core. We ingest empty calories with toxic additives and eat more and more because they do not satisfy us. Yet I had a vegetarian platter at my friends restaurant the other weekend that I couldn't finish because I was full so quickly (not my usual MO, just ask friends and family. I'm a clean plater and usually up for seconds).
John and Imani use local suppliers they know and trust to get the freshest, most nutrient dense food they can find, They take particular care to prepare it in ways that retain the most nutrition, and they craft foodstuffs you would not believe (John's sub for sour cream is made from soy milk and macadamia powder and I may just give up the real thing for that). If you are in Hartford, Check out the Alchemy Juice Bar and Cafe, and you do NOT need to be a vegetarian or vegan to appreciate this food; it is AMAZING.
And it informs me how we should be eating. From withing fifty miles whenever possible; hey, from our backyard whenever possible. Little meat, lots of veg. I find it hard to believe I am typing those words, but it is so true, and I have come a long way in the last two years. We had a little bison in the marinara last night, but no meat today. My blood pressure is down and I am losing weight, so what's not to like? Get off sugar and HFCS. That stuff is toxic to humans. I have started using agave nectar, more expensive but I use less. And did I mention I'm losing weight? I'm losing weight, and I'm not exercising a BIT. Winter doldrums. Losing weight.
You do the math... but something has GOT to give.