Nutrition and Health


    TWO years ago the League of Nations set up a Mixed Committee on the Problem of Nutrition, consisting of agricultural, economic and health experts, and including representatives of the Advisory Committee on Social Questions, the International Labour Organisation and the International Institute of Agriculture. An interim report was published more than a year ago, in four volumes: the report proper, a report on the physiological bases of nutrition, and volumes entitled "Nutrition in Various Countries" and "Statistics of Food Production, Consumption and Prices", the latter being compiled by the International Institute of Agriculture, Rome. The interim report was devoted primarily to explaining the new conceptions which, in the opinion of scientific investigators, should govern human nutrition, to showing the effects of disregarding these rules, and to framing recommendations which might form the guiding principles of national nutrition policies. The economic and agricultural aspects of the problem, briefly referred to in the interim report, were reserved for further treatment, and the final report, which has now been published*, is primarily concerned with them.

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    Nutrition and Health. Nature 140, 874–876 (1937).

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