Why does the United States import garlic from China when it can be grown here?

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  1. lupine profile image70
    lupineposted 7 years ago

    Why  does the United States import garlic from China when it can be grown here?

    Here in southern California, you will find garlic at markets that reads, "a product of China". You can also get garlic that is grown in California in certain markets.

  2. dashingscorpio profile image84
    dashingscorpioposted 7 years ago

    We also import fruit, oil, rice, beer/wine/spirits, vegetables and countless other items from various countries that we grow or develop in the United States. Trade among countries is considered beneficial goodwill. In other instances we import items from other countries because it is less expensive or believed to offer "superior quality". Even during "the cold war"  while we were fighting communism around the globe we still imported vodka and caviar from Russia.

    1. lupine profile image70
      lupineposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Very informative, thanks.

  3. MickS profile image66
    MickSposted 7 years ago

    Probably because the Chinese farmers are more efficient at growing garlic on a large, industrial scale than US farmers.

    1. lupine profile image70
      lupineposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That sounds logical, thanks.

    2. MickS profile image66
      MickSposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I also doubt that the climate in S California would be right, Like shallots, garlic needs periods of hard frost to cause the split into cloves, it is said that 10 weeks is right, autumn planted garlic is always better.

    3. lupine profile image70
      lupineposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Mick S, I like to be informed about the things I use and like.

  4. Rochelle Frank profile image93
    Rochelle Frankposted 7 years ago

    Haven't seen the Chinese Garlic-- but I live only a few hours from Gilroy, Californa which is proud to call itself the Garlic Capital of the World. If you drive through the area you will catch the unmistakeable scent.
    I have no idea why we import it. I' m sure the Gilroy farmers are not happy about it.

    1. lupine profile image70
      lupineposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Nice to hear from you, I have heard of Gilroy and their garlic, on a PBS program. I use it a lot and prefer to buy the "California" garlic since it's right here.

 
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