Foreign News: National Rice Day

Not content with waging a ruthless "battle of wheat" (TIME, Oct. 24), Premier Benito Mussolini ordered a "national rice day" for Nov. 1. Apparently, on that day all good Italians must live like Chinese—on rice. For the edification of the spaghetti-eating populace, Il Duce explained that rice day was in reality a supporting attack in the "battle of wheat," which is being fought to make Italy a cereally self-sufficient country, by reducing the imports of that grain. Rice, he went on, can be raised in Italy on large tracts of land now available.

...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!