Russia: Something for the Soil

In the Kremlin this week, the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee is pondering the grave crisis in agriculture that has made it virtually impossible for Russia to feed itself.

Up for debate is Nikita Khrushchev's sweeping plan for expansion of the chemical industry to raise fertilizer production from 20 million tons this year to 108 million tons by 1970. Fertilizer has become a kind of ritual incantation; Nikita is obviously convinced that only its vastly increased use can raise production enough to avoid drastic food cuts or permanent dependence on expensive foreign farm products, such as the 11 million tons...

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