World: Slim Pickings

The harvest falls short again

Food shortages are an irksome hallmark of daily life in the Soviet Union.

But this year the problems have come earlier and will last longer. Even in Moscow, the best supplied city in the country, shops are feeling the pinch, and many meat and vegetable counters are empty. In his economic report to the Party Central Committee last week, Leonid Brezhnev warned that the situation may get even worse. Although this year's wheat harvest was big enough to ensure the production of the 46 million tons of grain needed for Soviet citizens' annual consumption of bread, there may...

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