On the Decline of Oriental Tobacco Production in EU Countries (Video)
I've come across a video that I wanted to share. It's an interview with three young ex-tobacco farmers from Bulgaria (where for example the Djebel Basma tobacco is produced; Basma tobacco is for example an integral part of Frog Morton on The Town).
According to the farmers, the European Union has stopped subventions for tobacco farmers as part of their anti-smoking campaigns and is 'encouraging' tobacco farmers to give up their trade and start planting vegetables instead (encouragement comes in the form of letting them starve because they don't earn any money for their work).
Suffering from a serious case of "EPARD", also known as the Estate Pipe Acquisition and Restoration Disorder.
English speakers will need to click on the CC button to see English subtitles.
Yes, I forgot to mention that! Thanks for pointing that out rmbittner!
Interesting, thank you for sharing this.
When the young man said "...it's not worth it to do for pennies", it was pretty sad. It seems the variety of fine Oriental leaf is already scarce, does this mean now there'll be even less available? Some blends, like the one you mentioned, get their unique profile from specific varietals, so lack of certain leaf would only further diminish the diversity of available pipe tobacco because these leaves can only be grown within certain geographical locations.
This post prompted me to search a little on more history, here's a nice map:
...here's a short historical summary:
Notes from History - The survival function of tobacco
...here's a partial preview of a book on the history of tobacco in Bulgaria:
Balkan Smoke: Tobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria
...and here's a very recent news story which is a bit alarming:
Bulgarian tobacco harvest relies on help from children
It seems that tobacco in Bulgaria is a very complex issue.
Its one of the many ways that they are trying to subvert tobacco production without the use of an outright ban.
It's not only Bulgaria but also the Macedonia and Greece regions (i.e., Xanthi and Basma Oriental leaf). We've already seen Latakia die in Syria and the Shirzi leaf gone from Iran ... time to stock up on McClelland Grand Orientals and Frog Morton ...
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