MEAT: More for the Poor

Strange are the consequences which will follow Secretary Wickard's modest proposal to solve the meat shortage by limiting everybody to a uniform ration of two and a half pounds a week per person.

Rationing meat is a very different problem from rationing sugar. The poor normally eat almost as much sugar as the rich, and so rationing everybody to the same amount of sugar per week made sense. Meat, on the other hand, is a food which the rich normally consume over three times as much of as the poor.

Based on 1941 figures, when the low-income classes probably ate the...

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