FOREIGN RELATIONS: Open Season

Touring through the Soviet Union last week were twelve visiting farmers and agricultural experts from the U.S., chaperoned by a posse of Soviet "agricultural activists." The Americans were mightily impressed, to hear Moscow radio tell it, "by the comprehensive mechanization of hay mowing." But the travelers' problem turned around the consumption of food, not its production. Bitterly, the farmers protested that they were having to spend so much time downing eats that they couldn't get to see Soviet agriculture. "I brought two suits of underwear with me," snorted one of the farmers, "but only one stomach." Every day, starting...

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