ECONOMICS: The Lonely Furrow

Hardheaded economists saw a good many flaws in the World Food Board Plan devised by Britain's Sir John Boyd Orr, director-general of U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization. But the U.S.'s abrupt rejection of it last week illuminated a more important defect: the inability of U.S. Government departments to agree on policy.

At the Copenhagen FAO conference in September, U.S. Under Secretary of Agriculture Norris E. Dodd (a onetime AAA administrator) violated State Department instructions by plumping "in principle" for the Orr plan, which would 1) stabilize prices of agricultural commodities on world...

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