AGRICULTURE: Hot Potato

"If any of them can explain it," said Alice . . . "I'll give him sixpence. I don't believe there's an atom of meaning in it."

The Department of Agriculture had grown hoarse trying to explain the Alice-in-Wonderland economics of potatoes. It had burned potatoes, given them away for school lunches, let them rot, virtually given them away for making alcohol and flour—all at enormous cost to taxpayers and consumers. But as long as the Government supported the price of potatoes ($2.70 a hundredweight to Maine growers) farmers kept on raising more high-priced potatoes than consumers could afford.

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