FOOD: Hot Buttered Trouble

Stacked carton upon carton in cold U.S. warehouses is enough surplus butter (261 million Ibs.) to spread 16,704,000,000 slices of toast, or to butter 8,352,000,000 hot rums.* With more surplus rolling in at the rate of 7,000,000 Ibs. a week, President Eisenhower last week publicly expressed what his agricultural experts have been saying privately for months: something has to be done about butter.

In the Department of Agriculture, specialists have been working overtime on plans for melting the surplus out of the warehouses and onto the toast. Among the possibilities is a "Rexall" or 1¢ sale, in which surplus butter...

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