FOOD: Near the Bottom

The U.S. citizen used to eat his food and talk about other things. Last week he was still well fed, but he had begun to talk of little else but food.

He had plenty of conversation-making news, mostly bad:

> Out came a pessimistic crop report from the Department of Agriculture. Under weeks of spring rains, said the report, a wide 1,500-mile swath curving from Oklahoma to Michigan and northern New York—one-quarter of all U.S. crop acreage —was now drenched. Some 4,000,000 acres had been flooded and knocked out of production for weeks. Farther...

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