Can Eastern Europe Feed Itself?
Let me begin by eliminating certain countries from the discussion, because, in my view, their situation is clear and requires no expenditure of time and ink beyond the paragraphs that follow.
The GDR is by any standards a country of intensive and reasonably high yielding agriculture (see Tables 1 to 5). It is clear that the reason for her substantial dependence on imports of grain is the same as Britain's: lack of suitable soil in a densely populated and largely industrial country. Dependence on imports has slowly declined with a steady rise in grain yields.