A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 4, 1955

DearTIME-Reader:

One of the most baffling problems of our day is posed by the fact that the U.S. is producing too much food. This domestic overabundance in a world of shortages presents us with a serious economic and political question—what to do with our surpluses. Most suggested solutions to this home-grown problem have the tendency to affect a dairy farmer in France as well as his counterpart in Wisconsin, a wheat-grower in Montana as well as a sheep rancher in Australia.

That is the subject examined in TIME'S business essay this week. It is typical of the kind of knotty question that TIME'S...

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