Could China’s Strategic Pork Reserve be a Model For the US?

Ideas and solutions regarding the vulnerabilities of meat production have ranged from eliminating meat consumption to decentralizing meat production away from large packing plants to increasing automation of processing facilities. Another solution may be to create a strategic meat reserve.

China Halts Purchases of US Pork: Report

June 4, 2020 NIV ELIS, The Hill

China has reportedly told state-owned firms to stop buying U.S. soybeans and pork, a move that would break a key provision of the phase one trade deal between the world’s two largest economies.

China to Allow Imports of Blueberries From U.S.

China will allow imports of barley and blueberries from the United States, according to notices on its customs website.

As U.S. Meat Workers Fall Sick and Supplies Dwindle, Exports to China Soar

May 11, 2020 Tom Polansek, Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered meat processing plants to stay open to protect the nation’s food supply even as workers got sick and died. Yet the plants have increasingly been exporting to China while U.S. consumers face shortages, a Reuters analysis of government data showed.

USDA Authorizes Importation of Fresh Citrus Fruit from China

April 15, 2020 USDA APHIS

After thorough analysis, APHIS scientists determined that pummelo, Nanfeng honey mandarin, ponkan, sweet orange, and Satsuma mandarin fruit from China can be safely imported into the United States under a systems approach to protect against the introduction of plant pests.