The garlic you buy at the local grocery store is probably imported from China and you don’t know!
According to Epoch times:
“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.”
Unfortunately, the quality control in China is quite messed up, and the origin of the garlic as well as the method of production are unknown.
Most farmers in China usually use pesticides that are illegal to use for agriculture purposes. According to a report by Epoch times:
“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.”
Phorate and parathion are known to be extremely toxic chemicals. Likewise, the soil and pollution in China are 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.”
It’s therefore, imperative that you learn how to identify the garlic imported from China. Here are the things to pay attention to whenever you go to the grocery store to purchase garlic:
-Whereas the Chinese garlic is lighter, the good garlic is more bulbous and heavier.
— The Chinese garlic doesn’t have the roots and stem – they were cut off to save weight. Therefore, if the garlic has these parts, it’s safe to consume.
— Safe garlic has a richer taste. According to Food Reference, California-grown garlic measures 40 out of 40 in brisk flavor measurement, while the imported Chinese garlic only measures 28 out of 40.
However, to be on the safe side, it is advisable to buy garlic from a reputable local farmer or to grow it on your own.
This video explains how you can grow your own garlic at home: