Monday, Dec. 28, 1942
The list of canned and frozen goods to be rationed made the front page in a bannerheadline. The rationing, to start in February, would include baby food and formula and would reduce American consumption to about 13 pounds a year. The foods to be included would vary depending on supply. “Victory Gardens” were still to come and now, midwinter, there was very little Americans could do about growing their own food.
But Mary Meade was already on it. The food outlook was not too good but could be worse, she advised. Quoting Stephen Rippey that “Before the end of 1943, the American will be only a little above subsistence level,” she urged Americans to remember that this privation was for the war effort – to make sure that men and women in the Armed Forces were well fed. “We are going to have to cut our use of cheese as well as butter,” she said, mostly because of the shortage of workers on dairy farms, “ We are going to have to go easy on milk, too….That is really going to hurt!” She advised readers to try avocados, grapefruit, tangerines, potatoes, and apples – “They are high in energy value, easy to digest, and contain certain important minerals and vitamins.” Reprinted today, she would only need to use “organic” and “eco-friendly” to be contemporary.