ITALY: Wheat Up, Skirts Down

In Rome last week Prime Minister Benito Mussolini raised the duty on imported wheat to 140 gold lire ($7) per metric ton. This tariff is nearly 100% higher than the rate effective in September of last year. Good news for Italy's wheat growers, it was sad news for bread-eaters and macaroni men; particularly sad for U. S. and Canadian farmers, who are still racing to dispose of surplus wheat crops (TIME, May 13). To Prime Minister Mussolini the development of wheat growing is more immediately important than cheap flour for his people. Half...

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