FOOD: Year of Abundance

From every U.S. county, from Cape Cod's cranberry bogs to California's orange groves, the Agriculture Department's busy farm agents mailed in their annual reports. They told a story of great fertility, great abundance. The land was still good. For all the mistakes unthinking men had visited on it, it was still good land, the best possession of a great nation. The reports told how:

In January 1942 the U.S. has its greatest supply of food in all history. A two-year store of wheat lies heavy in the big concrete granaries of Chicago and Minneapolis, in the...

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