National Geographic : 1945 Mar
George W. Goddard On Checkerboard Rice Fields Weary Toilers Move Like Pawns in the Great Game of Life, Man Against Nature, Food the Prize Though central Luzon is one big food basket, the all-important rice crop is often short and grain must be imported. Food got so scarce late in1944 that puppet President Laurel broadcast an appeal to the Japanese Government for aid. Pilots say forced landings aredangerous insuch mud-and-\vater rice fields; here the ground was dry. Our invading army marched into country like this after landing at Lingayen.