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Raw Almond Petition

Hi all, Please excuse me if this has been posted : http://www.gopetition.com/sign.php?petid=11754
I know a lot of us here have concerns about this. Sign away!

I know I'm a bit off topic, and I don't mean to make fun of your good and worthwhile petition, but this smacks of the difficulty of getting decent dried beans in my country. http://www.stuff.co.nz/thepress/4164972a13796.html

To favour you with an example of the article, by a clever NZ comedic writer, Joe Bennett:

"... imported beans and peas are potentially dangerous. They can carry micro-organisms that New Zealand hasn't got and doesn't want. So a year or two ago, MAF decreed that all such imported foodstuffs had to undergo a heat treatment that rendered them harmless. At the same time, the heat treatment rendered them inedible."

I think one of their worries is whether the imported beans are genetically modified - but there seems to be no checks on that factor. A few years after the original paranoia, it's a gamble whether even organic, imported beans will be cookable or edible. This is my day-to-day problem. Goddess bless tinned beans! But one can't always use them in a given recipe.  ::)

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I know I'm a bit off topic, and I don't mean to make fun of your good and worthwhile petition, but this smacks of the difficulty of getting decent dried beans in my country. http://www.stuff.co.nz/thepress/4164972a13796.html

To favour you with an example of the article, by a clever NZ comedic writer, Joe Bennett:

"... imported beans and peas are potentially dangerous. They can carry micro-organisms that New Zealand hasn't got and doesn't want. So a year or two ago, MAF decreed that all such imported foodstuffs had to undergo a heat treatment that rendered them harmless. At the same time, the heat treatment rendered them inedible."

I think one of their worries is whether the imported beans are genetically modified - but there seems to be no checks on that factor. A few years after the original paranoia, it's a gamble whether even organic, imported beans will be cookable or edible. This is my day-to-day problem. Goddess bless tinned beans! But one can't always use them in a given recipe.  ::)

Hey, not a problem!
I mainly put up that link for others- I know I've seen a lot of discussion about it on here lately.

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