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The main goal of this pamphlet was to inform readers – presumably the American public – of facts and statistics surrounding the food supply situation in the U.S. as the country began mobilization for the war. It also offered suggestions on policy and conduct to increase food conservation and production. The authors stressed that the “most urgent, immediate, common needs [were] not men and munitions, but food and ships,” for they said that the U.S. was facing an increasingly worsening food shortage. Thus, “a clear understanding of the essential food facts [was] imperative.” This food shortage – said to have been caused by a decrease in food production and an increase in urban population growth in the U.S. – was an issue even before the war but had become more severe because the U.S. now had to export and feed its allies in Europe. To counteract it, the pamphlet suggests implementing various national programs, thereby increasing the involvement of the government in American daily life. Such policies included conducting surveys, regulating prices and profit margins for seed companies, providing advice and aid to farmers, reducing food waste, and expanding enlistment so that volunteers can opt to farm instead of fight. At the cost of the American people’s “private preferences and conveniences,” such “constructive national action” must take place to better produce the “food resources” that are “fighting resources.”
D525.U6 S434 1917
SubjectWorld War, 1914-1918--Food supply--United States.; World War, 1914-1918--Pamphlets.; Columbia War Papers
Boatwright Special Collections
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