FOOD: Eggs Too

Last year the U.S. was hip-deep in eggs, but last week they had become another major shortage, virtually unobtainable in many large cities of the East. The reason was that food shortages are contagious.

With meat scarce, people ate more eggs. The annual rate of consumption had reached 400 per capita as against 350 in 1944. In large eastern cities the demand had about tripled; Army requirements were higher.

At the same time, production was off 7% from last year's record laying of 5,305 million dozens. With the shortage of meat, and a thriving black market in poultry, more laying hens...

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