Food liberalization sucks for everyone

Already exhausted from along and awkward night, as my guests exclaimed about my fruit tart, I cast about for conversation. Turning to my friend’s Russian mail-order bride, an aspiring interior designer, I asked lamely “and how’s the fruit in Russia?”

“Well when I was a child it was very good. We had to stand in line with our cards for canned meat, but the fruit we bought on the market and it was very good. Now it’s all from Turkey and has no smell or flavor. It’s grown with a lot of chemicals, too. Back then the farmers couldn’t afford any chemicals. These days only sometimes you find some enthusiastic old ladies selling their fruit near the train station, but the police ask them to leave.”

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