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Fake Pork Trade; Humoring Russia

Fake Pork Trade USTR Katherine Tai announced that bilateral negotiations had resulted in India opening its market to imports of U.S. pork. This past year, Americans bought on average $21 apiece worth of food from India. By contrast, U.S. agricultural exports to India totaled the equivalent of $1 per Indian, due to barriers against most imports that would be competitive against Indian farmers. Technically, there have been no U.S. pork sales to India due to the lack of a veterinary agreement but fundamentally it is because Indians do not eat pork. Over half the population is either vegetarian or they are pork abstaining Muslims. The consumption of pork is culturally frowned upon, making this concession an easy one for New Delhi to make. ...

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