FOOD: Bedlam

Everywhere Americans saw the specters of food shortages, in meat, in milk, in other foods. The food front was in real danger.

For a well-fed nation just beginning to pull in its belt after 19 months of war, there was still food aplenty. But it was at the wrong places, it was going to waste, it was being badly mismanaged.

Last week:

> Incoming cattle at Chicago's Union Stockyards (world's largest) one day dropped to a dribble of 600.

>Four more Cincinnati slaughterhouses closed (in all, eight had closed in two weeks).

> Cattlemen, ready...

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