I thought this was pretty interesting.
As many of you know, there's a push to get North Carolinians to buy local food and products in a statewide 10% campaign... but now, we're also trying to get our fellow southerners to buy our products. By fellow southerners, I mean fellow South Koreans.
Foreign diplomats recently took a tour of a North Carolina hog farm in search of some epic taeji (Korean word for pork.)
The trade will require legislation from Congress, but Korean Ambassador Han Duk Soo will be lobbying for the agreement. Koreans are fairly particular about the food they buy from other countries, especially the United States. When I was in South Korea two years ago, people were afraid to buy American beef because of the threat of Mad Cow Disease. Some people even rioted over the thought of American beef touching Korean soil. American beef is cheaper there as a response. I said, "Dig in!" But my sister said NO.
My point is, if South Korea wants our goods, then they must think they are high quality.
Anyway, Ambassador Han recently toured a hog farm in North Carolina. He said it was "scientific and environmentally friendly." He also said, "I think there will be much more demand from Korea."
Let's hope. Koreans buying pork helps our state's piggy bank! I'm not sure how a pig-pickin' would do over there, though...