Ironic Requests

Big-hearted UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration) had a tough job getting Latin American pledges of food for European countries wrecked by war (see INTERNATIONAL). Some Latin American Governments asked that their quotas be drastically reduced. Others offered inedibles, such as sodium nitrate from Chile or huaraches (sandals) from Mexico.

Niggardliness was not the reason. The fact was that Latin America, in spite of abundant fertile land, was one of the worst-fed regions in the world. The chief food surplus was in Argentina, not one of the United Nations. Most Latin American countries produced hardly enough to keep their people...

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