North Koreans Encouraged to Eat Black Swan Meat

Agriculture

I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

There’s word North Korea is dealing with what’s being called a “tense” food situation right now. So much so, that the country’s state media is promoting the consumption of black swan meat as a valuable food source. The ruling party newspaper quoted as saying that black swan meat is delicious and has medicinal value. South Korea’s intelligence agency says North Korea’s leader had called for every grain of rice to be secured, and that there is an all-out effort devoted to farming.

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