"We can't do too much to help them. The future of this country depends on its poor children. If they are to do right, they must be saved from ill health, and ignorance and vice; and the first step is to give them good food and air so that they shall have strong little bodies."—Paul Leicester Ford, in "The Honorable Peter Stirling."
If we take this statement at its worth, it means that the food of a child determines the future of the citizen and the physical strength of the potential fathers and mothers of the state. In guarding the milk supply we are not then confronted solely with the question of infantile sickness and death, with possible outbreaks of infectious disease through milk, but with a far larger problem, one of the greatest of social problems, that of the future of the race.
The first duty of man
GOLER GW. MUNICIPAL REGULATION OF THE MILK SUPPLY.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(13):1077-1079. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320130011001b