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Bread and submarines

13 April 2017

April 13th, 1917.

THE Food Controller is making further demands on our powers of self-denial. We must, he says, eat less bread. Perhaps the order would not be necessary if we made a proper use of the bread supply. It is estimated that enormous quantities of fragments are thrown away every day, fragments which, if preserved, could be used in a variety of ways. In the next few months, until the harvest, stricter and stricter economy in the matter of bread will have to be practised, if not voluntarily, then compulsorily. For, at the present rate of consumption and with our wasteful habits, it is doubtful whether we can last out till the new crops are gathered. It is just as well to make up our minds to do whatever the authorities may ask us to do. Their purpose is not to issue fussy commands but to show us how we may get through the war safely and successfully. It is a question of baffling the submarine menace. The enemy’s supreme desire is to starve us if he can. With rigid economy we may hope to frustrate that desire, but not without it. If it is the fact that the supply of bread, so far as can be seen, is now so limited as to give real cause for alarm, it is madness to continue as though there were no reason for anxiety. To say this is not to indulge in scare-mongering, but to appeal to common-sense.


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