POLAND: One Man's Meat

Once upon a time, before the Communists took over, Poland produced all trie food it could consume, and had lots left over for sale abroad. But no longer. Now millions of tons of grain must be imported, and fortnight ago Warsaw city officials slapped on a meat ration of roughly 5 lbs. per person per week. This sounded liberal, but the trick was to get it. By last week, queues were forming in front of Poland's butcher shops long before dawn, and generally, by the time half the waiting housewives had made their purchases,...

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