1. Dumping- absolutely, positively occurring.
2. Wide open free trade- I'm not for this in any shape or fashion.
I'm not 'pro-dumping.' If American honey producers want to plaster the internet with op eds about how Chinese honey is killing them, I would listen. They have every right to ask the government to enact standards to protect them and to ask the public to support them in their fight against illegal foreign honey. What I take exception to is an online article from an organization that portrays itself as an unbiased consumer advocate that:
1. Implicates all Chinese honey as being both inferior and unsafe.
2. Makes a false connection between filtered honey and dumped honey
3. Spreads unsubstantiated rumors that filtered honey is dangerous
4. Openly asks for the public to pressure Congress/FDA to enact filtration standards
If this exact same article was in a trade magazine, I would have no problem with it whatsoever. But it's presentation in a food safety/consumer advocacy setting is offensive to me.
Let me put it another way. I am extremely anti-dumping, but I am also extremely anti- filtration standards. If honey has to contain pollen from hive to plate, the bureaucratic red tape necessary to achieve this will send the price of honey soaring and kill a lot of small honey producers that can't afford to pay for the testing. Whatever it takes to prevent dumping, do it, just don't enact standards that make filtering illegal. Resolving dumping cannot occur at the expense of the consumer, and filtration standards would do that.
As far as honey vs. pizza... The idea that filtered honey is redefining honey as something else is a claim that the honey industry is alleging, but hasn't been proven. Filtering can
be a sign of adulteration, but not all filtered honeys are adulterated (and most likely very few are not). Lack of pollen, as laid out in the NPR, is not proof of adulteration. There's zero proof that honey is being redefined. If there was, and we could find jars of brown colored corn syrup being sold as honey, I would go ballistic, but there's no proof of this, only ridiculous pollen testing. Neapolitan pizza, is, as you're fully aware, under constant, provable attack of being redefined. When a well known author tries to define Neapolitan pizza as something else, I speak up.
Edit: And yes, I have been all over the map in my arguments (more so than usual
), but, the general gist of what I've been saying hasn't changed all that much.