Thursday, July 02, 2009

The war against basa   posted by Razib @ 7/02/2009 08:57:00 AM

Catfish plan risks trade war:
It looks like catfish, it tastes like catfish, and it acts like catfish.
But to U.S. catfish farmers, the whiskered, bottom-feeding fish from Vietnam is something else: a cheap variety that's usurping the humble catfish's place on Americans' tables and threatening their livelihoods.

So after years of arguing that the Vietnamese fish isn't catfish - and winning a federal law saying as much - the U.S. farmers are now trying to have it both ways. Under their latest lobbying strategy, they want the Vietnamese imports considered catfish so that they will be covered by a new inspections regime that they pushed through Congress last year.

The move - an example of how influential industries work their will in Congress - could block Vietnamese imports for years and risks a broader trade war.

It doesn't taste like catfish.

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