Please don’t tell me I am getting off topic. International phytosanitary regimes are all that stand between us and the abyss. You let people can enter Chile with undeclared seedless supermarket fruit and next thing we’ll all have to marry box turtles. There are few natural resource issues so important as avoiding the unregistered entry of platanos into Julieta Venegas’s laptop.
I include for your pleasure the list of fruits that can’t be taken to the Moquegua region of Peru. Click the picture for a big version. Keep out of there with your foreign caquis, anonas, tumbos serranos and falso almendros. Got it? I thank Peru’s Agriculture Ministry for making such a cool little learning aid for those of us interested in tropical fruits.
In all seriousness, though — this is how Chile protects its agriculture industry. Meanwhile, ask people why there is so much salmon-industry trash floating in the southern Chile fjords, and they all say the inspectors lack manpower. Go figure.