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Carter official: Food not political weapon
EAST LANSING (UPI)-A Carter
administration spokesman said yester-
day it is virtually impossible for the
world's grain exporting nations to use
food as a political weapon that would
force the oil exporters to lower their
Dale Hathaway, an assistant
agriculture secretary, said that though
the oil consuming nations are willing to
pay almost any amount for oil, "no one
is willing to pay $20 for a bushel of
"'IF ONE TAKES out Nigeria and
Indonesia from the cartel, the rest of
the OPEC countries could buy their
food elsewhere," Hathaway said.
"There are very few customers in rich
countries for $20 wheat and no
customers in poor countries because
they cannot afford it.
"The idea may make a good song, but
it's a bad political policy," Hathaway
THE FORMER Michigan State
University (MSU) professor returned
to East Lansing for the last day of the
Nineth International Agricultural
Engineering Congress which began
Hathaway was one of three speakers
addressing the closing session.
Carl Hall, dean of the Collge of
Engineering at Washington State
University (WSU), told the meeting
plants will paly a more significant role
in energy production in the future.
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THE THIRD speaker, Sylvan Wit-
twer, director of the MSU agriculture
experiment station, talked about ways
of increasing crop yield to ease possible
future food shortages.
Hathaway told the gathering that for
the world's population to have enough
to eat by the turn of the century, there
have to be marked improvements in
farming technology, worldwide food
distribution and resources
Another significant factor is gover-
"MANY DEVELOPING countries
have cheap food policies which
discourage farmers," Hathaway said.
"They overvalue their currency which
amounts to a subsidy for imports and a
tax on exports. There's no incentive for
farmers to produce more."
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