The report notes, “It would be difficult to adapt to such changes in view of the likelihood that much of the world’s expertise in agricultural technology might perish in the war.” The Effects of Nuclear War. Office of Technology Assessment, 1979, p. 114.

NUCLEAR WAR FACT: “After a nuclear war, the U.S. might not be able to export grain.”

The actual report states, “If the United States were a nuclear target and were subjected to the internal disruption such as that described above, it could no longer supply the rest of the world with grain” (p. 95). The actual report also states, “After nuclear detonations of a total yield of ten thousand MT, some foods would be contaminated by radionuclides to levels approaching the upper limits of the present standards” (p. 11).


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