One last point on the way we grow (euphemism for manufacture) food and food products in the US. When animals are raised in controlled --and often deplorable--conditions, we get what we get: Steroid-filled beef, tasteless pork, pesticide-riddled vegies.
Our laws limit us from importing meat products from Spain and Italy (less so, but still) not to protect us, but to protect the economy. Well, that's worked really well, hasn't it? And as for protecting us, in the past year we've had homegrown tainted pistachios, peanuts, spinach, well...you get the idea.
We need to at least try to eat seasonally, locally and organically; raise our beef and pork naturally and with natural feed. So, if there is somewhat less available and more quality would that be such a travesty??? Would we need to use as much energy if we stopped shipping tomatoes from California to New York? They're usually tasteless anyway. Me? I'll wait for summer and those gorgeous Jersey Girls. Being a Jersey girl myself, I may be somewhat biased.