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douglas9 Donating Member (762 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 07:52 AM
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'Chinese' tequila worries Mexico
Source: BBC News

'Chinese' tequila worries Mexico
Mexican politicians are demanding action to protect the tequila industry from Chinese competition.

The lower house of Congress voted to urge the government to stop Chinese firms patenting maguey - a type of agave cactus used in tequila.

MPs are also worried that Chinese and Japanese firms could target the market in another cactus species, nopal.

Nopal leaves are increasingly popular in the US, where there is already strong demand for tequila.

"Nopal and Maguey are Mexican plants and if we don't take the necessary measures in time, we run the risk of losing the denomination of origin", Cesar Duarte, the deputy who sponsored the move, told the Efe news agency.

Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7116602.stm



Guess nothin is sacred to the Chinese, huh?
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cain_7777 Donating Member (417 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:09 AM
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1. Leaded or unleaded tequila
and how is it sacred?
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douglas9 Donating Member (762 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:40 AM
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13. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
6. secured against violation, infringement, etc., as by reverence or sense of right
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PittPoliSci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-29-07 12:38 AM
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24. my thought's exactly.
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:18 AM
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2. Lots of Semi-Arid Land in Central China
to grow those agaves on. It could be a flood of tequila.
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:51 AM
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3. I will always prefer my Tequilla to be Mexican
Anyone with any taste will.
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GodlessBiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:53 AM
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4. Hey, ya know, not all wine is made in France.
Although some will say that all good wine is.

Why would we think that Chinese tequila is any better than Chinese toys?
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:00 AM
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5. I guess they have their own little NAFTA problem
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Psephos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 12:56 PM
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18. China isn't part of NAFTA
technically speaking, of course
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eagler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-29-07 01:56 AM
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26. But they own much of Mexico
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:10 AM
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6. Gives a whole new meaning to life when thinking about "eating the worm"...
...shutter... :scared:
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conspirator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:23 AM
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7. Chinese tequilla? Must be something like 1% tequilla mixed with chemical waste nt
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april Donating Member (826 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:30 AM
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9. ditto
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ngant17 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 05:12 PM
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21. their additives might increase its potency
besides, good old Mexican tequila will make you pretty wild as it is. I can vouch for that.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:25 AM
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8. Nopal is prickly pear - i think it grows in many places all over the world now
I don't know of any distilled beverages made form it although I know people who have tried to make wine from the fruits (tunas).
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MikeNearMcChord Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:35 AM
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10. Sorry, I get my tequila from Mexico, Vodka from Russia or
Finland, Sake from Japan and rum from the Caribbean.
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:59 AM
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11. And my bourbon from KENTUCKY!!!!!
Bake
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:38 AM
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12. You forgot Poland ...


Finland vodka???? How about some Norwegian wine while your at it.
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Bicoastal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:58 AM
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14. Come on--Finlandia is great!
It's the only world's only Vodka that has an entire work of classical music devoted to it. (Jean Sibelius, 1899)
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 12:09 PM
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15. And Poland has a composer ...

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kysrsoze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:50 PM
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20. Sweden too. I don't care where it comes from as long as it's good - EXCEPT CHINA
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MikeNearMcChord Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 07:48 PM
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23. Ah Yes Poland! Good Call!
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 12:20 PM
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16. Does this mean I can petition Mexico to come and remove the prickly pears from my property?
While I may be willing to do that, I'm not letting them confiscate my jelly. I picked the tunas off those wicked cacti myself and thus earned the right to keep it. :P
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boobooday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 12:33 PM
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17. Mexico shouldn't worry
Nobody can take away their standing in the world of TEQUILA-making.

What are we talking about here, Jose Chan? Just doesn't have the same flair.

Bartender from Three Amigos: "It's like beer!"
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AlphaCentauri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:38 PM
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19. Margarita in Chinese
With Chinquila

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judaspriestess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 05:49 PM
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22. How much lead will be in the Chinese tequila?
I say about 50%
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-29-07 12:45 AM
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25. or the wrong type of alcohol
or used anti-freeze in Chinese tequila.
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