Letters: Veggies from Mexico can't be trusted
What is it with stores carrying these vegetables from Mexico? I've noticed that a lot of tomatoes, onions, and green peppers are shipped in from Mexico. I will not knowingly buy any fruit or vegetable from Mexico. A red flag pops up the minute I see "Product of Mexico."
Mexico is not a very clean country (actually with the way the drug wars have tore that land apart, its not really a country anymore). I have been to Mexico a number of times ... I won't anymore, and have seen the way these people grow crops. They use human waste to fertilize vegetable plants. Outdoor toilets are still common in Mexico, even in large urban areas like Mexico City. When this dries the wind blows it around and it covers everything ... including vegetable plants.
I grow my own vegetables in the summer. But if we cannot get vegetables that are produced in the United States, I am willing to forego any Mexican vegetables in the winter months. Call me a racist, anti-Mexican, or whatever, but I firmly believe that Mexico is not a very sanitary place. And buying fruits and vegetables from Mexico is scary.
I think stores should put up a huge sign in their produce departments and let people know that the fruit or vegetable came from Mexico so they can make up their own minds.
Tom R. Kovach, Nevis