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March 31, 1969

The Ecology of Malnutrition

Author Affiliations

From the Center of Chronic Disease Control, US Public Health Service, Bethesda, Md (Dr. May), and the Geophysical Sciences Branch, Environmental Sciences Division, Office of the Chief of Research and Development, US Department of the Army, Washington, DC (Dr. Lemons).

JAMA. 1969;207(13):2401-2405. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03150260061007

Food shortages and increased population are two major issues today. The severe consequences of improper nutrition affect both the growth of man and the orderly development of societies. The relationship between food supply, nutrition, geography, and tradition is discussed in a series of volumes describing "the ecology of malnutrition," sponsored by the US Army Research Office. Examples are drawn from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. A blueprint for food and nutrition programs emphasizes the interdependence of health, agriculture, industry, education, and research in combating malnutrition.