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May 22, 1943


Author Affiliations

U.S.N.R., Medical Department, U. S. Naval Air Station, Quonset Point, R. I.

JAMA. 1943;122(4):251. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840210043020

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To the Editor:—  The coming International Food Conference at Hot Springs is expected, among other things, to see that sufficient and proper food will be available during the present war and the postwar period. The conference will also make far reaching recommendations and will probably advise the various countries as to the quantity and type of foodstuff they are expected to produce. The predominantly grain producing countries will have to produce according to some plan in order to avoid overproduction of certain foodstuffs. Cattle and sheep raising countries will likewise produce according to the protein requirements of the populations concerned. In making these recommendations the conference will undoubtedly be guided by fundamental human nutritional needs as determined by medical science.In general, the mineral requirements of the human being are well established, as also the requirements of the known vitamins. The protein, fat and carbohydrate requirements should be definitely established.

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