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January 2, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(1):50-51. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730270054015

In a great emergency, such as occurred during the food blockades of the World War, when Belgian and German children particularly suffered greatly in their nutrition, the world responded with plans and funds for relief. It needs no deep thought to realize that safeguarding of the nutrition of children is fundamental to the future of the nation. One of the publications1 of the United States Food Administration, prepared for the guidance of the youth of this country, declared in November, 1918, that it is not the American way to leave any people to die of starvation. "We must do our share, and a generous share," the official document insisted. "We shall probably have to eat less than we are accustomed to of some of the things that we like, and we shall have to be careful not to be wasteful." These words were printed at a time when nations