WORLD TRADE: No Butter Bargain

Should the U.S. sell butter to Russia? The question was touched off by Soybean Processor Dwayne Andreas of Mankato, Minn., when he asked the U.S. Commerce Department last week for permission to sell Russia 40 million lbs. of surplus butter and 14 million lbs. of surplus cottonseed oil (used to make margarine). The result was a searching re-examination by the President's Cabinet of U.S. policy on East-West trade.

If permission were granted, the deal would amount to twelve times last year's tiny trickle of U.S. exports to the Soviet, bloc. In addition, Andreas indicated that the Russians might eventually take...

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