ECONOMICS: Food by a Miracle?

In the gilded ballroom of Quebec's Chateau Frontenac, where delegates were served with black caviar from Lake Winnipeg and salmon from the Gaspe, the new United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization came alive. Its job: to do something about hunger in the postwar world.

Thirty-seven nations had joined. Russia had one of the largest delegations (26 members) at Quebec. Day after day the Russian delegates followed the proceedings, waiting for permission from Moscow to sign up. The permission never came.

The other nations, while willing to sign the F.A.O. constitution, were unable to come to a clear agreement on F.A.O.'s rightful...

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