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The Day's food in war and peace
([ca.1918])

Lesson I: [Food and the war],   pp. 7-18 PDF (3.4 MB)


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the actual saving and the actual practical result. There is the possibility
of 
demonstrating that democracy can organize itself without the necessity of
autocratic direction and control. If it should be proved that we can not
secure 
a saving in our foodstuffs by voluntary effort, and that as a result of our
failure to our country we are jeopardizing the success of the whole civilized
world in this war, it might be necessary for us to adopt such measures as
would force this issue-, but if we oome to that unhappy measure, we shall
be 
compelled to acknowledge that democracy can not defend itself without com-
pulsion; that is autocracy, and is -a confession of failure of our political
faith. 
If we can secure allegiance to this national service in our 20,000,000 kitchens,
our 20,000,000 breakfast, lunch, and driner tables; if we can multiply an
ounce 
of sugar or fats or what not per da.y by millions, we shall save what niust
he 
saved. If we save .a average of a p~ound of flour per week for each one of
us, 
we save 125,900,000 bushels of wheat per annum. If we add an equal anount
of saving on the part of the 200,000 manufacturing, wholesale, and retail
estab- 
lishments of the country, we cau increase lur exports to the amounts absolutely
required by the allies. It Is this maltiplication olf nfnute q taniti-es-teaspon-
fuls, slices, scrnps--by millions that wil save the worlL Is there anyone
in 
this land w o can not deny himself or herself something? Who can not save
soie waste? Is net your right to life and freedom worth this service? 
HOW YOU CAN HELP. 
Remember that the -situation is constantly changing. Watch for 
orders. Adapt your food habits to present needs.         Until the next 
harvest- 
Eat tess wheat. Reduce wheat consumptioa to the very minimum. 
Use instead corn, oats, rice, barley, and potatoes. 
Eat less meat. Use fish and other sea food, poultry, and rabbits 
instead of much pork and beef, because they can not be shipped in 
compact form like meat and are more perishable. Use beans, cheese, 
and nuts. 
Eat less fat.   Use all fats carefully. Waste none. We use and 
waste two and a half times as much fat as we need. 
Eat less sugar. If you eat half as much sweet as before you are 
still eating more than the Englishman or FPrnchman. 
Use milk freely. Do not waste a drqp. 
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. 
Do not hoard food. Hoarding food in households is both selfish 
and unnecessary. The Governmient is protecting the food -supply 
of its people. 
Remember that the requests of the Food Administration are for a 
minimum of saving. Do more if you can. 


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