SOVIET UNION: Scaling Down on Meat

Scaling Down in Meat

For diners in the Soviet Union, 1976 is turning into the Year of the Fish. In past weeks signs have sprouted outside restorany and stolovye (cafeteria-style eateries) across the country, warning customers that meat will not be served one day out of seven. Moscow insists that the campaign will "improve the food pattern" of Soviet citizens. In fact, the Kremlin has been forced to scale down meat consumption because of a growing shortage—the direct result of last year's disastrous grain harvest.

In the face of necessity, the Russians are proceeding as cheerily as they can;Tass reports have...

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