AMERICAN NOTES: The Politics of Food

In response to the specter of hunger in many parts of the globe, the Democratic Congress last summer authorized the Republican Administration to make 4.5 million metric tons of U.S. food available to the world's undernourished millions. Yet despite the clear urgency of the need, so far only about one-third of the food has been shipped in the $1.5 billion program, which ends on July 1. It seems a case of Samaritanism at an all too deliberate speed.

The delay has been caused by a familiar but no less forgivable one-two punch from domestic economics and politics. The Administration at...

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