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June 29, 1918


JAMA. 1918;70(26):2028-2029. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600260040009

The new adjustments of food conditions thus far experienced in American homes have been brought about by voluntary effort and economic necessities rather than by governmental procedure. There has been no attempt at compulsory rationing, such as has been attempted abroad. "The Food Administration," said Herbert C. Hoover in a recent address, "has not taken the attitude of the general in command giving orders. Our attitude to the American public has been consistent, that we should ask for service, that we should ask for self-sacrifice, that we should tell in a clear and direct way the why and wherefore of every request.... The Food Administration has been founded on voluntary effort. We have no desire to depart from this idea, but if we are to accomplish our purpose it must be accomplished by voluntary effort."

Even an honor system of voluntary rationing requires the application of intelligence in the readjustment