Food Requirements in the Modern State

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    THE Health Committee of the League of Nations has given abundant evidence during the past few years of its interest in human nutrition. The health experts who were asked last year to formulate guiding principles for the con struction of adequate human diets emphasized the importance of the provision of ample supplies of protective foods, especially dairy produce, fresh vegetables and fruit, for the purpose of securing an optimum state of nutrition. The problem of securing such supplies for the masses of the popula tions of modern States must involve in most instances far-reaching changes in economic and agricultural policies. A mixed committee was accordingly set up, composed of economic and agricultural experts, in addition to health experts, under the chairmanship of the Viscount Astor, to report on the whole position regarding the relation of nutrition to health, from the point of view of practical politics. The Committee has now issued the first volume of its report, which pro vides a general survey of the problem.

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