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July 14, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(2):122. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590290044015

The high prices and the scarcity of many common food products have naturally stimulated interest in possible substitutes either for human consumption or for feeding to the domestic animals whereby foods suitable for human use may in turn be conserved. Attention has been directed from time to time in The Journal to some of the newer possibilities. Our London correspondent1 recently noted that there are not merely a few but rather dozens of different edible wild species of the animal and vegetable kingdoms, commonly distributed, easily identified and procured, and suitable to simple processes of cooking. Mention was made of the edible frog, various species of seaweed, and nearly fifty esculent fungi. Our correspondent ventures that persons living in the country where such supplies are easily obtainable should be able to supply, during at least three quarters of the year, two thirds of their needs from the fields, woodlands,

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