Said Vermont's Senator George Aiken: "Food is the most potent weapon we can use today ... to oppose the forces of totalitarianism [in] the small, famine-stricken countries."

This week the Commerce Department reported that in 1946 the U.S. exported $2,166 million worth of food—more than in any previous year except hunger-ridden 1919. Most of this ($1,354 million) was paid for, cash on the barrelhead. But $628 million was the U.S. contribution to UNRRA stocks, and $184 million went through Lend-Lease.

Now, with Lend-Lease dead and UNRRA dying, Congress must decide how much food...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!