WAR FRONT: Tractors for Britain?

Smart little Harry Ferguson, builder and distributor of the Ford lightweight tractor (TIME, July 3, 1939), likes to think of his machines in terms of social progress. Last summer he visited England and his native Ireland. This week Inventor Ferguson put forth a new idea to help win the war for Britain:

The United Kingdom has more than a million horses on its farms, eating each year the produce of five million acres. If horses were replaced by tractors, these acres would feed four million people, free 2,000 ships now used to carry foodstuffs, make Britain almost independent of food imports....

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