Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Lobster protection--in the marketplace

Claws are raised in Maine, over foreign threats to the lobster industry.

Echoing earlier struggles over the term "catfish," the lobster industry wants to own the word lobster. Never mind that the imports actually are catfish or lobsters, biologically speaking. As reported on Fox news, economic clout is the real decider on what's a catfish or what's a lobster.

Maine Senator Olympia Snowe is leading the charge on this one, asking the FDA to make it illegal to call a lobster a lobster. But if Maine lobster are really better, then they'll win in the marketplace, right?

Some tasters report liking "langostino," and some prefer Vietnamese catfish over the US variety, so maybe Maine lobster and Mississippi catfish really do need marketplace protection.

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