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Food from Gardens and Allotments

Nature volume 145, pages 1113 (06 January 1940) | Download Citation



THANKS to numerous official inquiries, the quantities of food required by the population of Great Britain are fairly well known. Our diet is both generous and varied. The total food consumption averages rather more than 900 lb. a head without counting milk and eggs. Apart from these the per capita consumption falls into five groups: about 200 lb. each of (1) wheat, (2) potatoes, (3) other vegetables and fruits, and (4) meat and fish combined; (5) some 140 lb. of other foods, chiefly sugar (94 lb.) with smaller quantities of butter (25 lb.), margarine (8 lb.) and cheese (10 lb.).

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