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U.S. eyes food exports to growing Asia under TPP pact

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And how much was the fruit plate, Tom? Did you pay for it?

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US presidential party candidates have denounced the TPP so this is hopefully carried through and the deal cancelled.

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And on that fruit plate was there GMO papaya from Hawaii? Or does Tom and the TPP promoters have the privilege to afford locally grown, organic produce?

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“I had a fruit plate today at the hotel where I’m staying that was one of the best meals that I have ever eaten,” he said. “And I will tell you that if the rest of the world could see that fruit plate in their kitchens, and in their restaurants, and in their homes, I guarantee you that there’s a market opportunity there.”

Warispeace: Yes, he has claimed to be promoting the use of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, which he was served but what he is really promoting is the TPP. The use of under ripe picked fruits & vegetables, to be gassed or "flash treated" before being shipped to distant places.

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The more that is exported the more it will cost here.

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American fruit makes China less dangerous.

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This is opening the door for more Monsanto products to Japan and Asia. Get ready for a flood of GMO foodstuff as a result of TPP. You've been warned.

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He ate the "fruit plate" while in Tokyo, so presumably he is complementing Japanese grown fruit.

His futher comment

“And I will tell you that if the rest of the world could see that fruit plate in their kitchens, and in their restaurants, and in their homes, I guarantee you that there’s a market opportunity there.”

would seem to be aimed at the "young farmers" in the meeting and suggest that if they get themselves out from under the yoke of JA the world would be only too pleased to buy their fruit.

No mention of price competitiveness, which would be the dampener on such an idea.

This is clearly an attempt to sell the TPP to (skeptical) Japanese farmers.

Good Luck Tom.

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U.S. eyes food exports to growing Asia under TPP pact

No big deal . . . .as long as (Japan) COSTCO keeps the shelves and aisles filled with signature Kirkland products. Cheers to that.

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Yes, that is how I read it, garymalmgren. Which is why I was wondering how much he paid for this "best" plate of Japanese fruit. Or maybe he was treated by the farmers hoping to show him what they think might disappear with the TPP.

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Australian beef and other produce is just as good as the American alternative, closer and probably cheaper as a result. Go to Thailand and Australian beef is on the menu, everywhere from Hungry Jacks to the local steakhouse. Australia doesn't have a reputation for GM foods, although it certainly exists here on a much smaller scale than America. I predict that middle class Asians will prefer the Australian product...but then, I'm biased ;)

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I don't get it! does it mean the US would not like to sell beef to China mid class?

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HGH, GMO, and all the frankenfoods for everyone. Yikes

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Let us not forget that the only "farmers" that will benefit are those that work for the large conglomerates, Cargill, ADM, etc. Only the frankenfoods and GMO's will be sold and shipped, which benefits Monsanto and not the small, family farms.

This is a match made in Hell and now the world will pay the price for the greed of a few multi-national CEOs.

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Given the disparate resources GMO farms create and the monocultures it promotes we're just asking for a major upheaval to wipe it out.

Instead we could have moved to a permaculture replenishing farming design without the need for GMO, and making it local not a global conglomerate basis. That would have been the most resilient.

Silly humans, doing things that march towards disaster. What a world

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