ARGENTINA: Let Them Eat Vegetables

Meat can shorten a man's life, warned Health Minister Ramon Carrillo last week in a speech to 4,000 fellow Argentines. With evangelistic fervor, Carrillo urged them to eat less meat and more vegetables, and to persuade other citizens of the Republic of Beef to do the same. The occasion was a government-sponsored conference on "Rational Eating." Officially, its purpose was to improve Argentines' health by educating them to "modify negative eating habits"; actually, the conference was another effort to relieve Argentina's beef shortage.

By most countries' standards, Argentina has plenty of beef. But Argentines are just about the most carnivorous...

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