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When in Cuba, eat as the Cubans eat

Chris Tait of Dauphin Manitopa heard our interview with Patrick Symmes (Oct 14), who tried to feed himself in Cuba on what the monthly food rations there.

I enjoyed your story on Cuba and its need to import 70% of its food requirements. This is alarming, yet normal in the region.  The Dominican Republic for example, with a free market economy, does roughly the same, and many other nations in the Caribbean are in the same boat.

Cuba's neighbours don't even have the excuse of being under a trade embargo.

Poor countries are forced to sell export crops of little value, and then to import most of their own food. This is the global model that western governments have put in place and we can't blame Cuba for it.

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