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    American Tourists Are Eating All of Cuba’s Already Scarce Food

    American Tourists Are Eating All of Cuba’s Already Scarce Food
    By Clint Rainey

    While the idea of flying into Havana and bingeing on rum, cubanos, and
    ropa vieja sounds pretty satisfying, a long dive by the New York Times
    into the new situation down there points out there are actually
    consequences when so many tourists, many of them Americans, arrive en
    masse on a tiny communist island whose resources are already scarce:

    Tourists are quite literally eating Cuba’s lunch. Thanks in part to the
    United States embargo, but also to poor planning by the island’s
    government, goods that Cubans have long relied on are going to
    well-heeled tourists and the hundreds of private restaurants that cater
    to them, leading to soaring prices and empty shelves.

    Without supplies to match the increased appetite, some foods have become
    so expensive that even basic staples are becoming unaffordable for
    regular Cubans.
    Things like green peppers, onions, cucumbers, garlic, and even lettuce
    mostly exist in the country’s state-run markets right now as “promises,”
    the Times reports. It quotes locals who call trying to buy tomatoes “an
    insult,” and say they “have to be magicians” to cook a decent meal these
    days. It’s a complicated deal because, besides the government’s
    shortsightedness (not realizing, for one, that 11 million mouths to feed
    was going to morph into 14 million when the border opened), Cuba’s
    private-restaurant scene also just exploded — from 100 spots in 2011 to
    more than 1,600 today, the result of widely celebrated free-market
    reforms. But that’s upped demand, and many of these places apparently
    still face a variety of additional barriers, like laggard state
    recognition that makes it hard for them to buy in bulk or import
    ingredients from abroad. “It’s true, the prices keep going up and up,”
    one local restaurateur argues. “But that’s not just the fault of the
    private sector. There is generally a lot of chaos and disorder in the

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