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One of the fallouts of the devastating earthquake in Chile is that US imports of food grown in that South American country will likely slow because of infrastructure damage there.

Good! We don’t need it.

A local story reports that the table grapes, plums, peaches, nectarines, blueberries and avocados, that we buy in our local grocery stores might become in short supply because of the large earthquake to strike our South American trading partner. This is because these products, and apparently many others, are bought from foreign sources. Those Chilean commodities already in transit here by ship will immediately be priced much higher when they get here, according to newspaper reports.

This is yet one more example why the United States should not cede its agricultural production to any other nation on Earth, friendly or otherwise. While Chile might be one of those nations that currently enjoys a positive trading relationship with the United States, it and the other countries where we buy our food are one coup away from not being our friends. Moreover, the food safety standards in these countries are nowhere near as high as the standards set for US farmers on commodities grown, produced, packaged and shipped here. As a matter of practice, I check the labels on fruits and vegetables I buy from my local grocery store. If they’re not grown here, I don’t buy them. I recently put back a cantaloupe that I had intended to buy for my daughter when we were shopping at the local grocery store because the label on the cantaloupe said “grown in Guatemala.” It is completely unnecessary for the United States to have to buy such food products from foreign sources when we can easily produce it for ourselves right here in the United States. For example, the Imperial Valley of California has a year-round growing season; why should we have to buy vegetables grown in from third world nations when we can grow safer and better versions of them right here?

The United States is agriculturally self-sufficient and needs to remain that way. It is completely unnecessary for a nation rich in agricultural production to import the same food that we grow and produce here in abundance?