FOOD: You Can't Eat Headlines

The U.S. was not the best fed nation in the world last week. For lack of red meat (or so they said), 1,750 Kentucky and West Virginia coal miners refused to work. In Philadelphia, hospitals and war plant cafeterias could find meat for only one meal a week. In the Texas Panhandle, where the ranges were overstocked with fat, grazing herds, it was hard to find even a hunk of stewing beef.

Large cities felt the meat shortage as never before. New York City seemed to have the largest problem, and as usual made the loudest noise. Hundreds of its butcher...

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