Wednesday, June 11, 2008

What Do South Koreans Know That We Don't?

Today an estimated 24 million Americans stopped off at McDonald's, even in the wake of Downergate and record beef recalls due to E. coli contamination.

On the exact same day, record numbers of South Koreans gathered in the largest protest in some 20 years over the lifting of a five-year ban on American beef imports to the country.

Do they know something Americans don't? Or just don't want to? I mean, where were the hordes of angry Americans over the downed cow scandal?

Oh yeah, in the drive-thru.

6 comments:

Paul said...

24 billion? Surely, that's a typo. :-) Anyway, if history is an indicator of what's behind this latest round of protests, the cause is primarily politically motivated.

BTW, for your fans in the "sustainable" agricultural arena, Japan is getting ready to accept GMO corn. Non-GMO corn is too scarce and non-affordable. And, Australia is preparing to introduce multiple lines of GMO barley and wheat. And not to be outdone, China has the world's largest GMO research laboratory, working on such strains of crops that may possess similar traits to Monsanto's Roundup-ready gene.

Expatriate Chef said...

Yup, should be million. It was pretty late. There are some political issues in the works (a feeling that S. Korean gov't is kowtowing to the US) that drives part of the issue. But the ban is real, and it seems interesting that other countries are more cognizant of food safety than we are. Countries the US would view as less developed ...

Well, I'm still not a fan of GMO crops. The situation is unfortunate.

Anonymous said...

Interestingly, South Korea says this: ...President Bush pledged Saturday to come up with measures to ensure that beef from older cattle - considered at greater risk of mad cow disease - is not exported to South Korea, Seoul's presidential office said...

...Bush made the remark during a phone conversation with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak...

Meanwhile, OUR government says no such thing and that they only agreed to discuss it.

Why would it totally not surprise me that this administration would agree to such a thing but not worry about consumers in this country?

GRRRRR

Expatriate Chef said...

Yes, and what agency would actually do any inspections to prove the claim or compliance by our meat companies? Based on current events, they are still using downed cows over 100 years after Upton Sinclair's muckraking. There are no guarantees for any consumer, regardless of nationality.

katiez said...

But if the Americans acknowledged all that they'd have to give up McD's.... and, horror of horrors.... Cook! It's too terrifying to imagine!

Anonymous said...

Yes Koreans do know something we don't. They know how to be scared of Westerners. "Westerners Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad". Korea number one.