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UNITED STATES-The CIA and the Politics of Food

UNITED STATES The CIA and the Politics of Food R Chatterjee UNDER the bold headline "CIA Report Says Worsening World Grain Shortages Could Give US Great Power", the New York Times of March 17, 1975 added fuel to the fires now raging in the US Congress and the policymaking hierarchy on the role of the CIA in the world arena. But interest in the article extends beyond the light it throws on the scope of CIA activities. In leaking the contents of the secret CIA report, the Times has once again focused attention on the international politics of food. Third world nations, already disposed to take a distrustful attitude towards US intentioas in the realm of food policy will find here further confirmation of their fears. Before reviewing the content of this latest CIA venture, it is useful to note that food and population policy have always been an important part of the US toolkit for foreign policy.

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