Luckily, Roberto and I long ago cut back on the beef consumption, for our physical and financial health, so we will not miss the juicy steaks and chops for a while. But we are definitely concerned for farmers, including ourselves, and the country.
I'd like to be supportive of "CFK," Argentina's first elected woman President, but her divisive, authoritarian posture and makes it mighty hard. Earlier in the month the feds announced immediate price controls on beef, again without warning or dialogue. Her tough measures, she claims, are for the good of Argentina, though she panders to nationalism at the expense of its most important sector.
Does Cristina fancy herself the reincarnation of Evita as she describes soy producers as rich barons exploiting poor workers and the vulnerable public? That may be true for a few, but if you watch the Rural Channel or hang out in a country bar, you will discover the vast majority are small farmers who make a modest living, and whose costs are rising with the speeding inflation here--grossly underreported by the feds of course.
"Sounds like the Communists of my childhood," said my Romanian-American friend. It sure doesn't look like good economic planning to anyone with a lick of common sense.