Food Production and Food Control


IN anticipation of the War, the Foods (Defence) Plans Committee, working in co-operation with the trades concerned, prepared an elaborate scheme of food control for Great Britain. Excellent though this scheme is in some respects, it is not sufficient to deal with the situation. It does not take account of the fact that, even before the War began, the diet of the poorest third of the population was not up to the standard we now know to be necessary for health. This is the weakest part of the food front. Our food plans should be directed first and foremost to bring the diet of these people up to the standard. If they have sufficient, we need not worry about the rest of the population.

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ORR, J. Food Production and Food Control. Nature 145, 374–376 (1940).

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