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June 15, 1918


JAMA. 1918;70(24):1865. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600240061012

In the shortage of wheat, which is likely to remain serious for some time to come, we shall inevitably turn for a substitute to corn, or maize, the cereal that is most abundant in this country. In practice, the admonition to "save the wheat" will be coupled with the inevitable necessity of eating something else. Corn is produced in such large quantities in the United States that only one sixth of the crop need be eaten in order to replace or save one half of the wheat crop. A recent writer1 has stated that, if consumed as human food, a fifth of the total corn crop, or a third of what is suitable for milling, would set free all the wheat needed for our friends abroad and leave enough corn on the farms for the adequate feeding of all the live stock now on hand.

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