Economic sabotage: Needles in Australian fruits.

Economic sabotage: Needles in Australian fruits.

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

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(Blog No. 170).

Economic sabotage: Needles in Australian fruits.

There is currently a sabotage of the food farming industry of Australia.
#needle in strawberries, #needles in apples, #needles in bananas, #Australia, #economic sabotage, #terrorism.

Economic sabotage: Needles in Australian fruits.

1. Needles in fruits.

The saboteurs inserted sewing needles into the fruits destined for wholesome consumption.

First it was discovered that some strawberries sold in punnets in Woolworth and Coles supermarkets in New South Wales and Victoria have sewing needles inserted in them. The affected batches are traced to a farm in Queensland near to Brisbane.

While the case is still unsolved there are many more similar cases which are suspected to be “copy cats”. Now there are cases of needles found in apples and bananas.

2. Terrorism ?

The Prime Minister of Australia compared the action of those involved to terrorism.[5]

The event cannot kill many people and cannot instill fear so it does not qualify as acts of terrorism. Nevertherless it is clearly an economic sabotage.

This is obvious as observed by a strawberry farmer:
” But he felt for those who were supplying the big stores, and were now being forced to dump stock… I went to the markets and the price went from say $1.50, $2 down to 50 cents, he said. ” [6]

3. Following the money.

In the current event, the losers are the strawberry (and possibly apple and banana) Farmers, Distributors and Supermarkets and indirectly the national revenue. Seasonal Tourist Fruit-pickers from Western Countries may also face tougher employment requirements.

The benefitors are PROSPECTIVE BUYERS OF Australian FARMS, Suppliers for exporters of the fruits involved, Importers of competing canned fruits. Foreign owners of fruit farms in Australia may use the sabotage as an excuse to apply for their status of PROHIBITED, FOREIGN OWNED AUTONOMOUS FARMS.

So the readers can now guess how powerful may the organizer be behind this national scale sabotage.

4. What is expected from the Government ?

The Australian government should try its best to catch the organizer of this economic sabotage.

Strawberry Farmers should be compensated for their loss of sale by the Federal government as the sabotage may be carried out by a powerful force against individual Australian farmers.

Government should strengthen the laws on ownership of Australian farms [8, 9, 10] to ensure that foreign sabotage brings no benefit to foreign saboteurs. Domestic saboteurs will get caught eventually.

Government should guide people on methods of consuming those fruits without risking harms from the current sabotage by needles.

5. What can consumers do ?

Consumers should help Australian farmers by consuming those fruits with safer processes. They may have to resort to

a/- Slicing strawberries into thin slices before serving.

b/- Slicing apples into small cubes before serving.

c/- Slicing bananas into thin slices before serving.

d/- Scanning fruits with sensitive metal detectors (Preferably installed by supermarkets at their fruit stalls for use by customers.). Currently metal detectors are only installed at wholesalers.

6. Conclusion.

It may sound far fetched but it may be possible that the sabotage may be organized by some powerful (and possibly foreign) force desiring to weaken Australia and its strategic farmers (to acquire their farms ?).

References:

[1]. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/17/world/australia/strawberry-needle-recall.html

[2]. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-45543764

[3]. http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-14/strawberries-new-threat-revealed-queensland-health/10246258?pfmredir=sm

[4]. http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-13/strawberry-recall-needle-found-in-fruit/10240956?pfmredir=sm

[5]. http://hunterinfo.in/2018/09/19/terrorism-australia-prime-minister-on-needles-found-in-strawberries/

[6]. http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-17/wa-drawn-into-strawberry-contamination-scare/10254746?pfmredir=sm

[7]. https://johnib.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/australia-strawberry-sabotage-akin-to-terrorism/

[8]. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/feb/11/foreign-investors-will-face-new-rules-to-buy-australian-agricultural-land

[9]. http://firb.gov.au/

[10]. https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/rp1314/ForeignInvest

Added after 2018 Sep 23:

The Australian scare over needles found in strawberries has spread to New Zealand after needles were found in a punnet of the fruit in an Auckland supermarket… There have been over 100 reports of needles being found in supermarket fruit in Australia.

[11]. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-45617660

[12]. https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/981291/south-china-sea-dispute-australia-to-anger-china-with-surveillance-drones-beijing

[13]. https://www.businessinsider.com.au/australia-and-china-in-angry-war-of-words-over-foreign-influence-2017-12?r=US&IR=T

[14]. http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-23/china-wants-australian-concrete-actions-to-improve-ties/9789014?pfmredir=sm

[15]. https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-20/three-reasons-needles-could-have-ended-up-in-strawberries/10396822?pfmredir=sm

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Trade war tactics, Part 4: Sabotaging competitor’s economic base.

Trade war tactics, Part 4: Sabotaging competitor’s economic base.

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

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(Blog No. 154).

This blog describes in details the current tricks employed by China to sabotage the economy of Vietnam in recent decades. They tricked the ignorant farmers into growing highly invasive species.

#trade war, #Chinese tricks, #China versus Vietnam, #economic sabotage, #superworms, #golden apple snails, #leech cultivation, #invasive,

Trade war tactics, Part 4: Sabotaging competitor’s economic base.

1. Chinese traders provided invasive superworms Zophobas morio as food for singing canary birds.

In the years following 1980, Chinese traders sold beautiful singing canaries (Serinus canaria domestica) [1], [2] to Vietnamese bird keepers. They then teach Vietnamese bird keepers to make low cost food for these birds from “superworms”, the larvae of the invasive Zophobas morio beetles [3,4,5,6].

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The original instructions in Vietnamese for growing “superworms” are printed below [6]

Sâu mua ở cửa hàng về cho ăn cám gà, bột ngô, yến mạch, các loại rau củ quả rồi để sâu gạo ở nơi tối và thoáng mát ( chú ý để không khí cho nó thở ) sau khoảng 1 tuần thì sâu gạo sẽ hóa nhộng.
Nhộng này mình cho vào 1 khay khác, cho thức ăn vào và để nơi yên tĩnh, thoáng mát sau 1 tuần sẽ thành bọ cánh cứng màu đen
Sau khi thành bọ màu đen thì ta cho hết bọ này qua cái khay lúc này làm. Lưu ý bọ này rất thèm nước nên cần phải bổ sung các loại rau củ quả chứa nước để nó sinh sản dưa hấu, bí đao, rau muống.
Cho bọ vào khay để sinh sản
Khi bọ đen ăn đầy đủ,đủ nước thì nó sẽ bắt cặp và sinh sản. Sau 1 tuần thì nhìn dưới khay thức ăn có nhiều con sâu gạo con lúc nhúc nhỏ như cây kim may.Thì anh em bắt đầu chuyển khay chứa bọ này sang khay chứa thức ăn khác để bọ tiếp tục sinh sản,khi nó đẻ hết trứng sẽ chết.
Khoảng 1 tháng thì sâu con này đã trưởng thành và có thể thu hoạch được rồi. Nếu không tiêu thụ thì nó lại thành nhộng rồi thành bọ. Theo vòng đời cứ như vậy, thông thường nó sống được 3 tháng là chết.

The prohibition notices against growing “superworms” [3] by Vietnamese government are also reproduced here:

Nghiêm cấm việc nhân nuôi, vận chuyển và phóng thích Super worm 

Công văn số 617/BVTV-KD ngày 24/4/2014 của Cục Bảo vệ thực vật, Cục Bảo vệ thực vật chỉ đạo:
- Sâu Super worm là loại côn trùng ăn tạp, phàm ăn, chưa có tên trong danh sách vật nuôi nông nghiệp và có nguy cơ gây hại đến sản xuất nông nghiệp cũng như ảnh hưởng xấu đến môi trường sinh thái. Vì vậy việc nhân nuôi, vận chuyển và phóng thích sâu super worm là hành vi vi phạm pháp luật.
- Tăng cường thanh tra, kiểm tra, phát hiện và xử lý nghiêm túc các tổ chức, cá nhân có hành vi nhân nuôi, vận chuyển và phóng thích sâu Super worm (Zaphobas morio). Quy định xử phạt các hành vi này theo Nghị định 114/2013/NĐ-CP ngày 3/10/2013 của Chính phủ Quy định về xử phạt vi phạm hành chính trong lĩnh vực giống cây trồng, bảo vệ và kiểm dịch thực vật.

As can be seen, the beetle growers can make their profits but those invasive beetles that can escape into the wild may cause an agricultural havoc for Vietnam.

2. Chinese traders buy cultivated invasive golden apple snails from Vietnamese farmers.

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Beginning from 1988, Chinese traders wanted to buy at high price the highly invasive alien golden apple snails from Vietnamese farmers. Vietnamese farmers then cultivate them to sell to their “wholesale buyers”.

However this species from South American is considered to be “in the top 100 of the “World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species“. It is also considered as about the 40th the worst alien species in Europe and the worst alien species of gastropod in Europe.” [7]

As can be predicted, this whole business of cultivating highly invasive golden apple snails is just a scheme to sabotage the Vietnamese agricultural base for rice production. Even Chinese University of Peking had highlighted the risks of parasites (Angiostrongylus cantonensis) infection from eating golden apple snails.

 

3. Chinese traders buy cultivated leeches from Vietnamese farmers.

Figure: Picture from author GlebK. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Original file  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sucking_leech.jpg

Around the year 1996 [12] then again around 2010 [13], there were wholesale buyers from China offering to buy at high prices leeches from Vietnamese farmers. Naturally the Vietnamese ignorant farmers would want to make fast money by growing leeches in their paddy field.

Some of them do make money, some ends up with paddy field full of leeches with no buyers. Their neighbors and the environment are the sufferers [13-19]. Leeches are invasive and make dangerous infection when getting into the bodies of field workers. It also takes few decades to eradicate leeches from infested paddy field [20-27].

4. Conclusions

Chinese traders enjoyed enormous advantage over the ignorant farmers of a smaller Vietnamese agriculture. They have fooled them at every step. Their behaviors in the Vietnamese market does not speak well for China’s intention in other small countries.

References:

[1]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_canary

[2]. https://vi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chim_y%E1%BA%BFn_h%C3%B3t

[3]. http://dantri.com.vn/kinh-doanh/dung-de-sau-gao-thanh-dai-dich-nhu-oc-buou-gian-dat-1404385629.htm

[4]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zophobas

[5]. https://vi.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A2u_g%E1%BA%A1o

[6]. https://kythuatnuoitrong.edu.vn/chim-canh/cach-nuoi-sau-gao-lam-thuc-an-cho-chim-canh.html

[7]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomacea_canaliculata

[8]. https://vi.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E1%BB%90c_b%C6%B0%C6%A1u_v%C3%A0ng

[9]. https://vtc.vn/su-that-gay-choang-sau-tiet-lo-cua-trum-oc-buou-vang-o-ha-noi-d132975.html

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[11]. http://soha.vn/chuyen-gia-tq-canh-bao-moi-hiem-hoa-khon-luong-neu-ban-an-nham-phai-loai-oc-nay-20170920115537543rf20170920115537543.htm

[12]. http://thuysanvietnam.com.vn/dia-moi-nguy-hai-voi-moi-truong-article-1716.tsvn

[13]. https://m.baomoi.com/chuyen-gia-huong-dan-xu-ly-canh-dong-ngap-dia/c/7364642.epi

[14]. https://nongdan24g.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/ro-nhung-thuong-vu-la-cua-lai-buon-trung-quoc/

[15]. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leech

[16]. https://vi.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%90%E1%BB%89a

[17]. http://m.vietnamnet.vn/vn/kinh-doanh/thi-truong/thuong-lai-trung-quoc-mua-dia-gia-toi-600-000-dong-kg-de-lam-gi-382968.html

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[19]. https://news.zing.vn/5-loai-bi-cam-nguoi-viet-van-nuoi-va-mua-ban-post718751.html

[20]. http://m.doisongphapluat.com/tin-tuc/video-can-canh-gap-con-dia-dai-10cm-con-song-ra-khoi-mui-nguoi-phu-nu-a233734.html

[21]. https://suckhoe.vnexpress.net/tin-tuc/suc-khoe/con-dia-dai-10-cm-bo-trong-mui-nguoi-phu-nu-3766566.html

[22]. https://m.baomoi.com/ho-ra-mau-vi-con-dia-4-cm-chui-vao-song-trong-co-hong/c/26781956.epi

[23]. https://giadinh.vnexpress.net/tin-tuc/to-am/bi-dia-trau-chui-vao-vung-phoi-2269444.html

[24]. https://news.zing.vn/hang-hoa-lien-tiep-dinh-tin-don-ve-dia-post280300.html

[25]. http://www.vba.com.vn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5805:dia-co-the-ton-tai-trong-hop-sua-duoc-khong

[26]. http://giaoduc.net.vn/Xa-hoi/Thong-tin-dia-trong-qua-trung-ga-o-Thai-Nguyen-la-khong-co-co-so-post92690.gd

[27]. https://news.zing.vn/sinh-vat-la-trong-trung-ga-la-san-la-post278321.html

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