Reversal of Farm Policy

Archive Report

American Bounty Vs. World Famine Threat

Famine Danger in Asia, Africa, Latin America

Fast-approaching famine conditions in many parts of the world portend sweeping changes in American farm policy. For three decades, the country's agricultural programs have sought to hold down production of food and fiber lest unmanageable surpluses accumulate. The surpluses piled up anyway, at considerable cost to the American taxpayer. Lately, however, reserves of such staple foodstuffs as wheat and rice have been dwindling rapidly; grain shipments to India alone aggregate 20,000 tons a day. As a result, Washington is being urged from every quarter to unleash the seemingly limitless bounty of American soil.

President Johnson underscored the urgency of the hunger problem when he asked Congress, March 30, to approve $1 billion in emergency ...

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