GREAT BRITAIN: Groundnuts on the Rocks

NUTS; THE GREAT FIASCO, cried a rude Daily Mail banner headline. It referred to the Labor government's grandiose, three-year-old project of planting a vast acreage of groundnuts (peanuts) in the bush wastes of Tanganyika, East Africa. The nuts were supposed to yield margarine and add extra calories to Britain's meager diet. Last week, Labor bigwigs were reading the first summary of the project's progress by the Overseas Food Corp., which the government created to run the groundnut scheme. It was a most embarrassing report.

The original starry-eyed estimates by government experts had called for a total clearance of 3,210,000 acres of...

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