FOOD: Tragic Gap

The sprint between the fat figure of U.S. plenty and the gaunt shape of world hunger still seemed a losing race. Despite record wheat exports—3,374,000 tons from Jan. 1 to May 10—on May 10 the U.S. was nearly 1,000,000 tons behind its colossal goal: 6,000,000 tons before June 30. For the first ten days of May the U.S. had paced itself for 333,000 tons, only 105,000 tons had actually sailed from U.S. ports. And never before had the per capita food consumption of U.S. civilians been higher: 14% above prewar years.

As the wraith of famine forged ahead over the...

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