Since 2001 the US and Argentina have been engaged in a vicious citrus war. Is a lasting truce finally in sight?
Later this month America will receive its first shipment of Argentine lemons in 16 years, following the lifting of an import ban imposed by the Department of Agriculture in 2001. The resulting export squeeze had seen relations sour between the countries, something Donald Trump himself was very aware of: “One of the reasons he’s here is about lemons. And I'll tell him about North Korea, and he'll tell me about lemons,” he said when Mauricio Macri, the Argentine leader, visited him in April. A resolution to the citrus wars was keenly awaited. America, which is the world's largest consumer of the fruit, can now source lemon from the fourth-largest producer. What prompted the original dispute, and why has peace broken out at last?
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