Steptoe’s Jack Hayes is featured on Food Crimes, a new investigative documentary web series in partnership with Food Republic, to discuss the economic sanctions of the rarefied world of saffron.  The episode, titled “Mad About Saffron,” investigates the tangled history and contemporary complexities of the spice.

Mr. Hayes says: “The idea is we’ll deny business to the Iranian economy, the Iranian government because the US is such a big market. If we restrict our market from their goods, then maybe that can cause a change in behavior.  And there might be some merit to that. But these type of unilateral sanctions on consumable commodities normally don’t work from an enforcement and administrative standpoint.”

Watch the Food Crimes video here.  (Mr. Hayes’ comments begin at 6:10 and again at 7:32).

Read the full article on Food Republic.