Poverty: Food as the First Priority

The White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health was going to be different from other Government-sponsored meetings in the past, promised Richard Nixon. This time, he said, there would be action, not just talk. But many of the 3,000 delegates gathered last week in Washington's Sheraton-Park Hotel were not convinced. With its 26 study groups, eight task forces and diffuse agenda, the massive meeting lacked coherence. The urgency and anger felt by the representatives of the poor often seemed in danger of drowning in a sea of professional expertise. Yet out...

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