INFLATION: Nibbling at Food Prices

WHEN asked by a reporter what Americans could do to hold down meat prices. President Nixon replied: "Don't buy meat." Last week, in a somewhat more positive attack on the food price problem, the President took a couple of long overdue actions that were politically the least dangerous of several options open to him. Because he stopped short of putting controls on the prices that farmers charge, the chances are that his moves will not take much of a bite out of retail food costs.

Nixon put a form of controls on the wholesalers and retailers of fresh vegetables and...

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