The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to permit imports of fresh beef from Argentina and Brazil. The two South American countries will be able to sell their considerable beef stocks on the U.S., Canadian, and Mexican markets for the first time since a 2001 foot-and-mouth disease outbreak prompted a ban. The AP reports:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Monday that it is amending its regulations to allow imports of fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from Argentina and 14 states in Brazil. It’s “the first step in a process for these regions to gain access to the U.S. market for beef”, the APHIS said in a statement.Brazil’s Minister of Agriculture, Katia Abreu, said the deal is an outcome of President Dilma Rousseff’s political planning ahead of the meeting with President Barack Obama on Tuesday.Brazil expects to able to export 100,000 tons of beef to the United States in the next five years. Abreu said the decision of the Obama administration is like “getting a pass code” to access other markets. […]Exports of fresh beef from Argentina to the three North American countries could be worth about $280 million, said Economy Minister Axel Kicillof.
We at Via Meadia lean towards support for international free trade for a number of reasons, including but not limited to its power to form alliances, grow economies, and spread liberal capitalism around the world. This news portends all that good stuff, plus a cherry on top: get ready for cheap steak!