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September 1, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(9):732-733. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590360052020

Wheat is a word to conjure with in these days. The Food Administration is making a strenuous effort to increase the production of this cereal in this country, and likewise to induce such economies in its use among our population as will enable us to share with our allies part of the total supply at a time when there is not wheat enough for all to have the usual amount of wheat flour. The tendency of Americans to concentrate in urban communities has led to a decrease in the per capita production of staple products. Thus the per capita production of wheat in the United States in the period 1906-1914 was 7.7 bushels per annum, a falling off of eight-tenths bushel per capita in comparison with thirty years before. There has also been a falling off in our relative exportation of such staple food products, with a corresponding tendency to

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