FOOD: No Shortage of Surplus

While housewives and economists worry about shortages of foods, the Agricultural Marketing Administration maintains its favorite fiction—the surplus commodities list. Army and Lend-Lease needs leave only wheat as a real surplus, but the surplus buying and food-stamp plan devised in the depression to keep up prices still persist.

Families on relief can buy a dollar's worth of orange stamps, good for any food, get free a 50% dividend in blue stamps good only for "surplus" foods. This month the foods on the free list include pancake and whole wheat flour, corn meal and hominy grits, dry beans,...

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