RUSSIA: Dirty Rain

The heart of Nikita Khrushchev's oft-proclaimed intention of lifting the Russian standard of eating to the U.S. level lies in a vast expansion of grain production—grain being the raw material of meat, dairy products and poultry. For weeks past, huge dust storms originating in the Soviet Union and sweeping westward into Europe have announced to all and sundry that Khrushchev's food program is in serious trouble.

The storms began in early April, when hot, dry winds off the Central Asian plateau, melting the skimpy snow cover, swept across a 1,500-mile belt extending from the Caspian Sea through the Caucasus, southern...

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