AGRICULTURE: Hunger

(See Cover) Every nation of Europe last week knew it was in a war of food. Food was rationed in every one of its 24 countries. Judged by the calory yardstick—that each active, mature male needs 3-4,000 calories a day merely to sustain health; 2,500 for a sedentary female—Europeans were not merely scantily nourished but acutely undernourished. The Poles were getting only 800 calories a day, the Belgians 960, Norwegians 1,500, Hollanders 1,900, the Germans from 2,250 to 2,600, the British 2.800. These figures, based on the average daily rations permitted, overlooked...

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