SWITZERLAND: The Battle of the Larder

"In a world where peace is still only a hope," said Rodolphe Rubattel, Swiss Minister of Public Economy, "we must face the possible eventuality of war . . ." To be prepared for all eventualities, he urged the well-fed Swiss to start stockpiling food. By September, Rubattel said last week, every Swiss larder should contain at least 6½ lbs. of sugar, 4½ lbs. of fats, 11 lbs. of rice or other foodstuffs, plus all the oats, barley, corn and vegetables that could be put away. "It's no panic measure," Rubattel told the Swiss Parliament, "only common sense."

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