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Carter to review embargo on grain, McGovern says

By WITH ANALYSIS FROM MONITOR CORRESPONDENTS AROUND THE WORLD, EDITED BY RANDY SHIPP / August 18, 1980



Washington

President Carter will take a look at the grain embargo imposed against the Soviet Union for its intervention in Afghanistan and may drop it, Sen. George McGovern said Sunday.

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Farm leaders say the embargo, which cut off sale of 17 million tons of grain, hurts American farmers much more than the Soviet Union. But a July US intelligence report said the embargo had caused Soviet food shortages and had cost the Russians about $1 billion, because of higher prices paid to replace the lost American grain. Another report also said the Soviet livestock industry had been set back because the American grain was mainly for livestock feed.