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October 29, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Because inadequate storage space and poor government controls have led to rotting mountains of food after a bumper harvest, China is pouring grain into movie theaters, auditoriums and army camps. The official Economic Information newspaper reported that "tens of millions of tons" of grain is left in the open, where much more will be added when the autumn harvest is completed. Officials estimate that China this year will reap a record 420 million tons of grain, beans and potatoes.
The world's ability to match its population growth with more bountiful grain harvests has finally come to an end, ushering in a new age of scarcity in which food prices could soar to record levels while food supplies fall to record lows, the Worldwatch Institute said Wednesday.
April 23, 1988 | Associated Press
Two explosions ripped through a grain elevator complex Friday, killing at least two people, injuring three others and leveling four grain silos and an office building, authorities said. Three other people were reported missing at the ADM Growmark complex, located along the Des Plaines River about 40 miles southwest of Chicago, said Lynn Behringer, a spokeswoman for the Will County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency.
November 26, 1988 | From Reuters
U.S. and Soviet negotiators will meet for another round of grain trade talks in Moscow on Monday and hope to complete a new pact on Soviet purchases by the end of the week, U.S. sources in the Soviet capital said Friday. "We hope that something will be signed, but we can't say for sure," a U.S. official said. Earlier talks in London this fall stalled when the Soviet side refused to agree to buy as much grain as the U.S. side demanded.
August 8, 1989 | From Reuters
American and Soviet negotiators will meet in Moscow in early December to revive grain trade talks that faltered last year, U.S. officials said Monday. U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills and Agriculture Secretary Clayton K. Yeutter said preliminary talks were scheduled to take place in Moscow the week of Dec. 4. Since 1976, U.S. grain exports to the Soviet Union have been governed by bilateral accords that have been periodically renewed.
November 29, 1988 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
After eight months of hard bargaining, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed Monday to extend for two years a pact under which Moscow will buy at least 9 million tons of wheat, corn and soybeans annually. The agreement will assure American farmers a major share of Soviet grain purchases in what is likely to be at least one year--and probably two years--of extensive food imports by Moscow as the government here seeks to make up for poor harvests and to raise living standards. Alan F.
April 24, 1986
After a three-month absence from the U.S. market, the Soviet Union purchased 200,000 metric tons of corn--about 7.9 million bushels--for delivery through Sept. 30, the Agriculture Department said. Officials said the sales were reported to the USDA by private exporters as required by law. No prices or other details were disclosed.
October 1, 1993 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Texans, as the common wisdom goes, graze on football. From an early age, the state's athletically inclined inhabit the gridiron the way longhorns do the Southwest's grasslands. More than just a game, football is serious business, a definition of character that to many provides a sense of belonging, even an identity.
August 7, 1987 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
Granola bars, the once highly touted health food snacks rooted in the counterculture of the 1960s, are fast becoming about as popular as love beads, Nehru jackets and flower children. After zooming in the early 1980s, sales of granola bars peaked in 1985 at $377.3 million. Since then, sales have tumbled by nearly one-third, and some major food firms--like Ralston Purina--have quietly dropped out of the market. What went wrong?
January 17, 1989 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
With food already in short supply, the Soviet government had more bad news for consumers Monday: The 1988 grain harvest was the worst in three years. Stepan A. Sitaryan, first deputy chairman of the State Planning Committee, told a news conference that the preliminary figure for the 1988 harvest was 195 million metric tons. "It was better than before, but not as good as 1986 and 1987," Sitaryan said. The U.S.
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