China has lifted its ban on beef imported from the United States … and that is perfect timing, because right now Shanghaiist doesn’t feel like ever eating China-raised meat again. Why? We read this story, translated from the Chinese Broadcast News Network (Zhong Guang Xinwen Wang):
Mass swine deaths in Zhenjiang
In Jiangsu Province’s Zhenjiang City recently there were a series of sudden large-scale deaths of pigs, posing a serious threat to the environment. The relevant authorities are investigating the incident and trying to repair the damage.
Beginning on March 13th, large groups of pig carcasses began appearing. Some were wrapped in garbage bags and left on the side of the road, while others were discovered floating in rivers. Many of the carcasses had already begun to rot, polluting water sources.
Reportedly the carcasses come from pig farms in Anhui, where they were raised on wastewater and garbage. Authorities are investigating.
We added those italics. Would it be unwise to assume that their beef and fowl are on the same garbage disposal diets? A local restaurateur once told us the simple reason he doesn’t carry or eat local meats: animals are what they eat.
Photo from Shanghai Diaries.