Embargo does not stop US poultry exports to Cuba
In spite of an embargo that has been in place for
almost 50 years, companies from 37 US states are exporting food to Cuba -
including $57 million worth of poultry.
The trades take place because of a congressional loophole that allows
Kirby Jones of the US-Cuba Trade Association
says that, in spite of
perceptions to the contrary in the US, Cuba is not stagnant or locked into rigid
communist ideologies and structures. "Cuba is totally different, hundreds of
companies do business with Cuba."
According to Ron Sparks, of the Alabama Department of
Agriculture and Industries
, three years ago Fidel Castro's Cuba bought only $1.7 million in
poultry from the US. "Now they are purchasing about $57 million of poultry and
40 to 50 percent of that comes out of Alabama."
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