WASHINGTON DC- A prominent Brewster area grower claims in testimony before a Congressional Committee that a trade war with China will hurt the State’s tree fruit industry.
Cass Gebbers with Gebbers Farms was part of a panel discussion at a hearing before the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Dave Reichert. . China has increased tariff rates to 50 percent for cherries, apples, and pears grown in the U.S. Gebbers says it would he hard to find alternative markets to make up for the loss of revenue.
“I get where we’re headed, I’m patriotic and I get that there’s going to be some pain shared but make sure the pain is shared amongst all industries,” Gebbers said. “One trillion dollars of high-tech money sitting overseas, make sure they’re sharing in the pain of this IP protection.”
In a recent interview with KIRO Radio in Seattle, Congressman Reichert said this was avoidable, but, instead “what we’ve done is we’ve made the U.S. the bad guy, and there is a global effort now to address the bad acts of the United States versus an effort to address the bad acts of China.” He added, “We have created an opportunity for the rest of the world.”