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Believe it or not, the garlic you buy from the grocery store or is in the food you get at a restaurant is probably from China.

This is an awful thing!

According to Epoch Times, “64,876 tons of dried, fresh, or chilled garlic, were imported from China in 2014… About a third of the garlic in the United States comes from China.”

Our garlic isn’t coming from California anymore, it is being imported from China. Quality control is a big issue, but it pales in comparison to how and where this garlic is grown.

Many Chinese farmers use pesticides that are illegal to use for farming purposes in China. “An undercover magazine reporter investigating in the area found that many vegetable farmers used phorate and parathion, two pesticides banned by the government, to irrigate the crops to save time and effort.” (Epoch Times) Both phorate and parathion have been labeled HIGHLY TOXIC POISONS.

China’s pollution problem and soil is also a cause for concern. “An official government report in 2014 showed that nearly a fifth of China’s soil is contaminated by heavy metals like cadmium and arsenic as well as unhealthy amounts of pesticides and fertilizers. Severe pollution has tainted all of China’s major rivers with large amounts of industrial chemicals and household waste.” (Epoch Times)

How to Spot Chinese Garlic

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Everyone should be worried about consuming garlic from China. It just is not safe. So when buying garlic at a grocery store, look for these things:

  • If it has roots and a stem, it is safe. China will cut these off before they ship them to save weight.
  • Safe garlic is heavier and more bulbous. Imported garlic from China is lighter.
  • Garlic with a richer taste is more likely from California and not imported from China. According to Food Reference, California-grown garlic measured a 40 out of 40 in brix flavor measurement while Chinese garlic only measured 28 out of 40.
However, the best way to make sure you are eating safe garlic is to buy from local farmers or grow it yourself.

If you are interested in growing your own garlic, check out the video below:

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  • Suzanne

    So…tasting is a way to tell?

    • John Birmingham

      For years the light-weightedness of these cloves have been readily discernible, and the missing root fibers and top are obvious
      The taste of the Chinese garlic seems to me to vary in pungency from clove to clove
      I live in east central China, and I prefer to grow my own garlic, and also various other vegetables on my rooftop patio

  • Ricardo

    I’m in Australian and just checked out our Minced Garlic in the fridge and sure enough it is a product of China! You’re right tho, grow your own it’s not that hard!

  • Vickie Smith

    dang our farmers market is closed for the year now….

  • Kat Martindale

    We buy local grown garlic whenever we can. This summer I bought a LOT of elephant garlic from a local grower, cleaned it and put it in a jar with oil that is in the fridge that should last through the end of the year.

  • stronghealthyandfree

    This entire fear-mongering technique (an old practice of the pharmaceutical industry) of “everything from China is contaminated” needs to stop. Yes there have been products from China that were found to be high in heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium etc). Yes some were found to be farmed with banned pesticides. Meanwhile the GMO epidemic rages on all over the world but only ‘toxic garlic from China’ makes its to the top list.

    Heavy metals, toxins and pesticides are everywhere. Our air is full of crap and so are our water supply and our food. Focus on eating a healthier diet first by removing all processed foods and then worry if your garlic is from China or India.

    A healthy system CAN successfully remove toxins and poisons better than you think. You should only be worried if you consume 3 kgs of garlic on a daily basis.

    • TheFlash

      @Nick Sigma S.H.F , “Agreed.”.

    • Bart Bekkema

      you clearly don’t know shit about china

      • John Birmingham

        @bartbekkema:disqus Wonderful analogy, a wildly unsupported, hyperbolic and extemporaneous concept which you’ve presented in short-order fashion.
        Do you work for the US government?

    • Jeff

      The degree of contamination of the air, water and soil cannot be imagined unless you’ve been there. Additionally, China garlic has not been properly cured– it’s been heat dried which does not allow for proper storage and retention of the healthy chemicals locally grown garlic offers.

  • Alexandra Sasha Novikova

    Yes, its crazy, few months ago, i bought garlic and after i read on the label, it was made in China, and when i cut some in the hot plate of rice…i see how it started to change colour into bright turquoise, im not joking! But a good thing i didn’t die, but i suppose it can cause some allergies, so i just stop eating garlic at all, anyways ancient yogis didn’t eat garlic, only used it like medecine, because they thought it too heavy for the mind, and prevents clear vision. Blessings to all, peace!

  • Kim Collins

    This is ABSOLUTELTY ABSURD AND RIDICULOUS! This article is a Red herring spreading black propaganda about China to not buy their products but to stick with the POISONED US grown Monstanto and GMO grown garbage that is produced in the US. They are working fulltime destroying the population with bad information and misinformation to avoid the truth. Monsanto and Syngenta must be destroyed and disintergrated!

    • Jeff

      As an organic garlic producer who lived in China for three years, this is absolutely NOT absurd or ridiculous. Monsanto and Syngenta do not control garlic seed but we do agree that they must be carefully watched and expunged from our food supply.

    • Moneybox

      I won’t buy it…why the hell should I Kim?????

  • Kim Collins

    “David Wolfe” is a paid government internet troll! He does this for printed money from the Fed! He spreads false articles and misinformation for money! Corrupt media!

    • Moneybox

      …so why are you so concerned Kim? Where do your interests lie?

  • Kim Collins

    “David Wolfe” is a paid government
    internet troll! He does this for printed money from the Fed! He spreads false
    articles and misinformation for money! Corrupt media!

  • Mukiibi Robert

    Well this must be an ignorant writter, you do not irrigate crops with pesticides but you spray them with pesticides

  • Yvonne Forsman

    Buy Wild Oats organic garlic spice!

  • Kim Collins

    “David Wolfe” is a paid government
    internet troll! He does this for printed money from the Fed! He spreads false
    articles and misinformation for money! Corrupt media!

    • Moneybox

      lol from what I read here it is you, Kim Collins, who’s the internet troll

  • Dominic Thorrington

    “Garlic with a richer taste is more likely from California and not imported from China”

    Surely testing toxicity by consumption is counterproductive?

  • Yams

    How to spot Chinese garlic full of harmful chemicals: taste it.
    BRILLIANT.

  • Gen Jen

    Me likes some Chinese garlic especially when loaded with chemicals, I think china chemicals are much better than American chemicals. My dick as grown an extra 12 inches since eating nothing but Chinese garlic, my woman loves it but she is a bit put off when it glows in the dark………….