AGRICULTURE: The Giveaway Grocer

Many a fire station, church basement or community center across the U.S. last week presented a scene more suggestive of the Depression than of the most prosperous year in U.S. history. Lines of citizens edged slowly up to makeshift counters, walked out with armloads of milk, butter, flour, or more than a dozen other food stuffs—all for free. The giveaway grocer: the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Such scenes help explain why the Government's huge stores of agricultural surpluses have recently been dropping at a surprising rate. While the school-lunch program got more...

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