THE AMERICAS: Scrimshaw's Porridge

Nutrition experts from 22 Latin American states gathered in Guatemala City last week. Meeting under the joint sponsorship, of the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, their talk was of vitamin A and protein deficiency, carbohydrates and carotene. But behind the technical jargon, each delegate had his own mental case histories of poverty-crippled children back home with grotesquely protruding bellies, infected livers, horny thickening of the palms of their hands. Such symptoms are the result of the starchy foods (yams, corn meal, potatoes, plantains,...

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