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April 4, 1936

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1936;106(14):1213-1217. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770140075020

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Feb. 29, 1936.

The Problem of the Diet of the Poor  In an address to the Farmers' Club, Sir John Orr, director of the Imperial Bureau of Animal Nutrition and a leading authority on this subject, attempted to reconcile the interests of the poor, who want cheap food, with those of the farmers, who want good prices. With the object of raising prices, he said, tariffs and quotas had been applied to imports, and agriculture had been given powers to limit the amounts of homeproduced foods and to fix minimum prices. These powers carried grave responsibilities. If they were fully developed, 7 per cent of the population would control the food supply of the remaining 93. Those exercising these powers must therefore think not only of the wholesale price that would make farming remunerative but also of the retail price within the reach of all

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