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June 7, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(23):2598-2599. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820230042013

On May 26-28 more than eight hundred persons especially interested in nutrition assembled in Washington for the first National Nutrition Conference for Defense. The President of the United States has called few conferences recently. In his message to the Federal Security Administrator, Paul V. McNutt, who is also Coordinator of Health, Welfare and Related Defense, the President called attention to the significance of adequate nutrition for the building of man power. "Medical authorities recognize," he said, "that efficiency and stamina depend on proper food.... Every survey of nutrition shows that here in the United States undernourishment is widespread and serious.... We do not lack, as we will not lack, the means of producing food in abundance and variety. Our task is to translate this abundance into reality for every American family."

Obviously some of the chief problems submitted to the conference had to do with the methods of making the