TRADE: Cooking Up A Beef Deal

Cooking Up A Beef Deal

In keeping with the Lone Star State's reputation for independence, a Texan aims to strike a separate peace in the beef war between the U.S. and the European Community. Because most American feedlot operators hasten cattle growth with hormones, the E.C. has banned more than $100 million of U.S. meat imports. Washington has retaliated by slapping 100% tariffs on $100 million of annual European food imports. But last week Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower, declaring it was time "to cut the bureaucratic crap," proposed a way to provide hormone-free exports to Europe.

Critics swiftly broiled Hightower's plan, which calls for greater...

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