Monday, April 30, 2012

Jamaica is The Riverton City Dump of the Exporting World

Jamaica have become the Export Dumping Ground
My impression of Jamaicans when I was growing up was that we were very picky eaters, concerned with the quality of our food, where it came from, who was preparing it and what was in it. We did not eat out much, simply because there was nothing out there that could beat a home cooked meal.

Back in the days you could not get most Jamaicans I know to eat out and even if they did eat out it would be for a light snacks, after they went home and enjoyed their nice Fresh Hot Home cook meal. I cannot imagine leaving grandma’s home cook stew peas and rice with the squidly dumplings to subject my tender tummy to the unknown. I do not know where this food was coming from, how fresh it was and what was in it.

Dried Dead Rats Found in Rice Imported from USA
Just a couple weeks ago Jamaica imported 1,500 Metric Tonnes of “Contaminated Rice” filled with 'dried out' rodents and frogs from the United States of America. And just last week we imported approximately 22.73 metric Tonnes of “Contaminated Red Kidney Beans” (red peas), valued at more than $2.6 million from Belize containing “Rodent Filth”. I remember when Out Dated Chicken pieces were imported from the United States of America this was old pass-sell-by-date chicken that was declared not fit for Human Consumption. When the exporter was contacted he stated that it was a mistake as that shipment should have been shipped to Haiti not Jamaica. I was shocked at his response as if to say the people in Haiti was not human. We will never know the Importer of these contaminated products, apparently it is top secret as all the major News Outlet used the coded phrase "By a Local Distributor", I am wondering if this "Local Distributor" is also getting Government Tax Waiver as there are several of them on the Government tax waiver list importing rice and peas.

The traditional Jamaican Sunday Dinner is at risk

BRASÍLIA, Brazil (AFP)  – Salmonella steaks? Carcinogenic chemicals? Lying labels?
Brazil, the world's biggest beef and poultry exporter, has been hit by stomach-churning allegations of corrupt practices in its meat industry. Police have halted exports by 21 meat processers suspected of bribing inspectors to issue them bogus health certificates for rotten meat.
Brazil's rotten meat scandal: what we know

My Granny use to seh… “When something too cheap, sometimes dem nuh too good”… It will not be long before Jamaicans have another food disaster on our hands. Kike the counter flour poisoning of 1976 in which 79 persons died from imported cheap flour from Europe laced with insecticides.

We are going to learn the hard way that food security is a requirement and that we must invest in the things we can produce for ourselves instead of buying cheaper rubbish!… For a very long time the world was fighting the Japanese to import rice and even though they could import cheaper rice they refused to. The WTO forced them to and even though they complied they put in place strict rules governing rice importation, which almost nobody could follow. The rice that made it in did not reach the market, it was stored in warehouses and dumped thus protecting local rice production.

In Jamaica we cannot subvert the efforts of our farming society telling them to grow more while we continue to import the world’s poisoned rubbish.

Red peas germinates as soon as it touches water and grows very well in Jamaica, we have the ability to meet the demands of our society and do not need to import red peas but we now have some unscrupulous importers and manufactures and supermarket owners who cares only about the profit margin and the SUV they can buy with it and care nothing about the health of the people.

Tastee's Patties Made with PINK SLIME (Beef Trimmings) 
Tastee a company that was caught up in the dog patty scandal of the 70s, now imports cheap PINK SLIME (gum and cartilage and skin) to make pink slime beef patties to sell to the Jamaican consumer, the company claimed they do not know what pink slime is and that they only import beef trimmings but a simple investigation would show that Beef Trimming is Pink Slime and Pink Slime is Beef Trimmings. So I am still trying to figure out how Tastee can plead ignorance of this fact. Until I can certify where my food comes from I refuse to buy products Willy Nilly, my assumption was that a Jamaican Beef patty was made from Genuine Jamaican Ground Beef, not imported cheap PINK SLIME beef trimmings. In January 2012 Tastee Limited even got a Government Total tax waiver of $4,824,411.12  for the importation of beef trimmings, aka Pink Slime, even our Government is trying to kill us. 

"At present we use beef trimmings from the United States in the production of our beef products. I do not understand the term (pink slime)."
Beresford Bailey
Tastee Limited

This is what Goes into your Patties  because it is cheap!

Human Feces (Shit!) Fertilizer

Back in 2009 the Jamaican Government decided to import cheap Fertilizer made from Human Shit to fertilize our food crops and contaminate our ground water. The Jamaican Government claimed that the Shit Fertilizer was tested by the United States of America and they the US said it was safe. I am sorry but when it comes to my Food, America is the last country I would trust. That country will sell anything for a buck, even outdated chicken pieces and rice filled with dead rat and poop.  We are taking the concept of shitting where we eat literally.

“In 2011 it was reported in Sydney Australia that that human feces used as fertiliser on farms is leading to the spread of ‘Third World’ parasites causing a serious stomach illness across Sydney. Blastocystis hominis, usually found in dirty water in ‘Third World’ countries and spread via faeces, and a second parasite which often accompanies it, Dientamoeba fragilis. Both parasites lead to stomach cramps, extreme pain, distended stomach and diarrhea.”
Hot Dog
There is no fire in the belly of our Political class for Identity and Self Worth, no longer into Poor but Proud, only party, profile… Gimmie the Benz keys, even if it means we eat GMO foods fertilized with shit fertilizer and beef trimming/pink slime burger at Cuddyz and Patty from Tastees, rice and peas with rats and poop.  Principle as a concept in Jamaica is dead, we will buy anything, eat anything so long as it’s cheap and imported from America, our only Principle is the "Man afi eat a Food Principle...even if is shit the food mek out of it". We are killing what is Natural, Wholesome and Organic about Jamaica, turning it into a Laboratory for experiment and our people into lab rats.

Recently it was reported that we were importing Banana chips from the US and a couple years ago we were importing Beef patties from Florida. This when we have a patty shop on almost every corner across the country. We are not importing these products because they are in short supply, we are importing them maybe because they are cheaper but knowing the duties on importing products I do not know how that could be and because they are coming from America (AKA Merka!) and we have been socialized to have a zombie like attraction for all things from Merka.

I am convinced that if America defecates in a jar and put on a label that said "American Chocolate Spread", Jamaicans would import it by the boat load and would profile on others who cannot afford the special imported chocolate spread.... yes they are that shallow. 

Pink slime, also known as lean finely textured beef and boneless lean beef trimmings, is a beef-based food additive that may be added to ground beef and beef-based processed meats as inexpensive filler. It consists of finely ground beef scraps, sinew, fat, and connective tissue which have been mechanically removed in a heated centrifuge at 100°F (38°C) from the fat into liquid fat and a protein paste. The recovered material is then processed, heated, and treated with ammonia gas or citric acid to kill E. coli, salmonella, and other bacteria. It is finely ground, compressed into blocks and flash frozen for use as an additive to beef products. The term pink slime was coined in 2002 by Gerald Zirnstein, who at that time was a microbiologist for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, but some state officials have objected to the nickname, saying that "lean, finely textured beef is the proper name."

Imported Frozen (maybe) Beef Patty 

Learn More: GMO alert: top 10 genetically modified foods to avoid eating
I have been told that we need to eat GM products or else we are going to starve, Genetically Modified foods (GM foods) were first put on the market in 1996 but I do not remember mass starvations before 1996 and the countries that use to starve before 1996 are still starving today, same countries, same pictures of starving people. The people who are telling us that we need GM products are almost always the people who are profiting by it, we need it and we are going to starve if we do not have it.

Deep down I know fighting GM products is a losing battle, they are too powerful, Governments are being bought, paid to push these products, we are too few and most of population do not care so long as they are eating, we are not educating people to think about what is in their foods, not publishing laboratory test results for all to see. Food does not come with a disclaimer like most drugs, imagine buying a pack of beans that says “May cause Cancer”, well cigarettes even though its not food, have been saying that for some time and people continue to smoke it.

Worthless Local Media Outlets

A proper Investigation into our food source is required by Journalist who is not afraid to ask the hard questions and do the Research. Why are we asking companies about the food they are importing, when that information is documented for us in various Customs, Excise and tax departments, after which a follow up investigation into the exporter and where the food came from? A full investigation following the food trail is required in order to satisfy the minds of Jamaicans who are concern with where their food is coming from.

The Gleaner is missing the opportunity to perform some real in-depth investigative journalism, instead preferring to take the words of the fox regard the state of the hen house. Jamaica is a country where one can pay to have their flawed opinion and one sidedness of the story pushed forward, they will do and say anything to save face. It is no wander the local media have been second and third best to foreign media outlets. Take for example the situation regarding the Tivoli incursion; most of our breaking news has come from real investigative journalist from foreign media houses, with our local media doing second hand reporting. This from an event that happened in Jamaica, so no wonder we are being let down time and time again as the Gleaner and other local media houses practice lazy journalism.

Read More: Pink slime not safe

Monday, December 12, 2016: 
'Plastic rice' reports prompt cessation of rice clearance — Customs

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Following reports of the distribution of ‘plastic rice’ in Jamaica, the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is advising that it has temporarily ceased the clearance of rice at all ports of entry.

The JCA says it has convened a meeting with the relevant regulatory agencies, including the Bureau of Standards (BSJ), the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Health, and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in order to verify the breach and the mechanisms for moving forward.

The meeting is currently taking place at the JCA’s head office, Myers’ Wharf, New Port East.

In the time being, JCA is urging the public to call them or the BSJ and report if they have bought this product or are aware of the place of distribution, so that steps can be taken for the removal of the product from the market. Imported Plastic Rice 

Update: Thursday | June 16, 2012

JAMAICA'S FOOD import bill continues to spiral out of control, jumping by US$100 million last year to a staggering US$930 million. Some J$750 million was spent on imported French fries.

Following his disclosure at a recent graduation ceremony for the first batch of 28 graduates from the Farm Field School project funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Roger Clarke told Agro Gleaner that the increase was a shocker.

He said: "I was anticipating a lowering of the import bill (so) I was alarmed at it." This comes against the background of the national 'Grow What We Eat, Eat What We Grow Campaign' and Backyard Gardening project, both of which were deemed to be successful in promoting consumption of local agricultural produce.

Meanwhile, Ancile Brewster, the IDB's country representative to Jamaica, warned that any attempt at reducing the food import bill would need to go well beyond "more than just blocking" imports. Speaking ahead of Clarke, he had put Jamaica's annual bill at more than US$800 million, which, when combined with Trinidad and Tobago's US$600 million, sees the two countries paying in excess of US$1.5 billion to import food each year. Read More: Rising food import bill concerns Clarke

LOCAL BANANA growers in Portland are appealing to the Ministry of Agriculture to provide a sustainable local market for them to sell their fruits, as thousands of acres of green gold are going to waste. The last-ditch appeal comes against the background of large amounts of banana chips and other by-products of the fruit that are imported into the country each year, while rural banana farmers remain poor.
Read More: Banana growers plead for help

Jamaica too dependent on imported food - Jamaica Observer
Who is to blame for this sorry situation? First, merchants who import food with total disregard for foreign exchange use, or local food production and nutritional content. For example, we import orange concentrate syrup from England where no oranges are grown and when similar products are made in Jamaica. Second, consumers who largely imbibe food consumption patterns from elsewhere, for example, the consumer who abandons our coconut vendor to pick up a bottle of imported coconut water.
Read More: Jamaica too dependent on imported food

The Pulitzer Center, Jamaica

A Sweet Flavor: Goat Farming in Jamaica :  by Julia Rendleman
"Our economy would be better and Jamaica could be more independent if more youths would get into (goat) farming," he said.

Food Security: On the Cusp of a Crisis in Jamaica  by Julia Rendleman
It's a frustrating irony for Jamaica: a fertile land with the ability to produce an abundance of fruits and vegetables is increasingly reliant on cheap agricultural imports that drive the country's farmers out of business. As Jamaica lifts its trade restrictions, foreign products flood the market. Jamaicans say locally produced food tastes better, but most still opt for the lower-priced foreign alternatives. The country's growing dependence on exports exposes it to the whims of international markets and jeopardizes its food security.


  1. This is HORRIBLE...even in America it is taking all kinds of genius and alternative measures to ensure that even the "healthy" food you are eating is, in fact, the healthy food it portrays itself to be...even so called organic can be suspect cause a trainer told me they can purchase their organic certification these days! (Like how people BUY dem license smh).

    Sad that Jamaicans abroad dying for some good cooked Jamaican food and people down there tripping over themselves to nyam yankee and other trash. The importers would not import if people were not BUYING IT. And no matter how cheap it is, remember that the streetside fruit, meat, provisions, juice, etc. vendors are ALWAYS cheaper by far. Jamaica's government need to step up but it can't step up and not give people what they want cause it is there for the will of the people. If Jamaicans simply stop buy the foolishness on a large scale, profits will go and they will go back to things that make them money and don't kill off the country.

    There is no culture without agriculture and Jamaica need to stop follow fashion and just take whatever countries with money dish out as terms and remember that. With electronics is one thing, food is not to ramp wid.

  2. Some one knows their movies! Soylent Green with Charlton Heston

  3. Wow, Wow Woe unto us. Stop eating that garbage. Jamaica has over and beyond excess resources to meet its needs. We need to remember that by the sweat of our brows, we shall eat bread.

    I would love to start a farm if I could find loyal workers.