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Food PowerThe Rise and Fall of the Postwar American Food System$
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Bryan L. McDonald

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190600686

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600686.001.0001

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Food for Peace and the War on Hunger

Food for Peace and the War on Hunger

Food Power in the 1960s

(p.132) 5 Food for Peace and the War on Hunger
Food Power

Bryan L. McDonald

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 examines the central role of food in American efforts during the 1960s to promote peace and stability in global affairs. The Food for Peace program gained renewed attention and resources from the Kennedy administration which added humanitarian assistance to goals of American assistance programs. President Lyndon Johnson also eagerly deployed American food power in efforts to promote American security, but chose a much more involved approach than Kennedy, seeking to use food as a way to explicitly influence the behavior of nations key to American’s foreign policy agenda, such as India and Vietnam—by tying aid to the willingness of governments to take actions that the United States desired. Through the two administrations a new way to utilize American abundance emerged: deploying not only food but also the knowledge and tools needed to produce food.

Keywords:   Food for Peace, Food for Freedom, War on Hunger, Great Society, Green Revolution

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