Agriculture: Key to Poland's Future

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Current Agricultural Crisis

Food Shortages Trigger Worker Protests

In a year of dizzying changes in Poland, there has been one dispiriting constant: the dearth of food. Food shortages have been to the Polish awakening no less a catalyst for change than they were to the French Revolution. It is the issue generating massive public protest, and a problem to which no force — the government, the independent trade union federation Solidarity, the Soviet Union or the West — has a simple or concrete solution.

Anger over long food lines and empty market shelves has been responsible for a series of strikes in Poland during the last few years, including the one-hour nationwide strike called by Solidarity on Oct. 28. The strikes have been increasingly frequent since July ...

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