NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Mohammad, an ex-interpreter for the U.S. military, whose company works with Afghan farmers to grow saffron for the U.S. market, about the effects of the Taliban takeover.
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Finding a safe house in Afghanistan for saffron - that's right, saffron. The spice was high on Mohammad's list as he watched the Taliban take over his home country. Now, we're just using his first name for this story because Mohammad fears for the safety of his family still in Afghanistan. Farmers for generations, they run a co-op that exports Afghanistan-grown saffron to the U.S.