The Government suddenly began taking a rosy view of the U.S. food situation:
¶ OPA Boss Chester Bowles declared a ration holiday on all meats except beef steaks and beef roasts. Meat stocks were on the increase and cold-storage space was critically short.
¶ War Department officials suggested that some 600,000 agriculturally deferred 18-to-26-year-olds could now be spared from the farm for military chores.
¶ War Food Czar Marvin Jones reported: "All along the production front, farmers have produced above schedule. . . . Just now there is no serious shortage of food of any kind." Specifically, the food boss promised...