The Food Problem

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Macmillan, 1918 - Food - 211 pages
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Page xi - That is the future of war — not fighting, but famine, not the slaying of men, but the bankruptcy of nations and the break-up of the whole social organization.
Page xi - Food is always more or less of a problem in every phase of its production, handling and consumption. It is a problem with every farmer, every transporter and seller, every householder. It is a problem with every town, state and nation. And now very conspicuously, it is a problem with three great groups, namely, the Allies, The Central Empires and The Neutrals; in a word it is a great international problem.
Page 23 - That the President is authorized and directed to commandeer any or all distilled spirits in bond or in stock at the date of the approval of this act for redistillation, in so far as such redistillation may be necessary to meet the requirements of the Government in the manufacture of munitions and other military and hospital supplies, or in...
Page 27 - Allies with the aid we owe, and realizing that the establishment of an efficient Government plan of operation means to all of us curtailment of our business and to some of us actual retirement from active business during such period, we do express our pride in the character of service tendered by the grain trade in the sacrifice by these men of ability who are placing their experience and energy at the service of their Government, and that we approve the general plan of operation as explained to...
Page 218 - To formulate for lay-students of public affairs certain minimum aims and steps which are entirely within the reach of the general public is the purpose of this book. It is not for specialists although it lists ways in which the country can secure public-spirited service from its specialists in peace as well as in war.
Page 211 - ... little shop and every kitchen and at every table in the land. It is not a sordid association, patriotism and food. It can be as fine as the spirit of democracy and as ennobling as the struggle for democracy. For in these days it is, in truth, an essential part of each. If we cannot organize our effort in this world-crisis by the individual initiative, spirit, and consent of the people, then democracy is a faith on which we cannot stand. For autocracy has shown that it can organize its effort;...
Page 211 - ... battle.' And just as business and industry can perform their national service by putting patriotism and food together, so can we who serve our households and public dining-rooms; and so also can we who eat — in a word, all of us. There is no magic way of making food win the war. It can be done in but one way, the way of voluntary and eager resolution and action of the whole people, each group and each person according to the measure of his opportunity and means; a matter of daily personal service...
Page 81 - This arises out of the fact that because of the absorbed moisture a pound of flour produces a pound and a third of bread.
Page xii - But on the whole, and as matters stand today, that part of M. Bloch's prophecy referring to the predominant influence of the food problem in modern war is thoroughly borne out by the facts. Despite the fearful and fatal struggling of an incredible number of men, consuming inconceivable quantities of munitions and using such amazing methods of fighting as...
Page 81 - The formula by which this was accomplished was one that had been worked out in Belgium by the American Relief Commission during the first year of the war, and runs to the effect that the price of bread per pound must not exceed the price of flour per pound.

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