Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Shutdown Blues

Here's a photo of a new Chinese panda cub to tide you over...
I heard an amazing statistic earlier today: 80% of the seafood consumed by Americans is imported. I was skeptical, since most of the fish we eat here in Maine comes from local waters, some just down the road a piece. Intrigued, I did some research and found that in reality, 86% of our seafood is imported. Even worse, less than 1% of it is inspected by our government, and those inspections will now cease with the current shutdown. Shocked by that statistic, I wondered about the amount of beef we get from outside sources, but when I tried to check, a notice on the website with all the answers declared, "Due to the government shutdown, we're closed."

First no Panda Cam, and now this. We might as well be in Siberia.

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