Foreign News: Facing Starvation

In a surprisingly outspoken report, a Ford Foundation team last week warned India that it is on a grim arithmetical collision course. Unless a drastic turn is taken, by 1966 the birth rate will have so outstripped food production that literally millions may starve to death in a crisis that "no conceivable program of imports or rationing can meet."

The report, prepared by 13 American agricultural experts at the request of the Indian government, makes these points:

¶ By 1966 India's exploding birth rate will have added 80 million mouths to feed. At present growth rates, food-grains production will be 28 million...

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