What the Snowden scandal has to do with the price of broccoli
The American who leaked details about several top-secret surveillance programs is connected to your weekly shopping — whether you care about spying or not.
Thu, Aug 01 2013 at 11:07 AM
The electronic surveillance tactics of U.S. agencies have sparked protests in some cities, but just wait until the price of roses goes up. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
National Security Agency surveillance may only bother some people on principle, but we may all find our lives changing in some unexpected ways as the Edward Snowden controversy continues.
How, you ask?
Broccoli and roses may become considerably more expensive.
Politico reports that President Rafael Correa of Ecuador has been pulling out of trade agreements that keep Ecuadorian exports to the U.S. tariff-free, citing rising tensions over the treatment of Edward Snowden, and the pressure that the U.S. has placed on Ecuador to not grant asylum to the former NSA contractor:
“As of midnight this Wednesday, frozen broccoli, canned artichokes and cut flowers from Ecuador will be subject to significant tariffs, as high as 14.9 percent for broccoli and 6.8 percent for certain types of flowers. That’s when the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act, a trade agreement the U.S. has with Ecuador, is set to expire along with its waiver of multiple tariffs.
“ 'It’s like frozen broccoli getting tied to the Pentagon Papers,' said Corey Henry, vice president of communications for the American Frozen Food Institute.”
According to Politico, Correa has been positioning himself to take over from the late President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela as the leading critic of American foreign policy in the region. In yet another sign of vulnerabilities in our global supply chain, we see how complex geopolitical tensions can lead to very real economic consequences on Main Street.
For more on the connection between Ecuadorian imports and Snowden, head on over to Politico.
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