Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Reports of Visits to Foreign Laboratories, vol. 7 (1932-33) [Illustrated Typoscript in 7 volumes] Reproduced with the kind permission of Dr. Cecil E. Leith
Benedict, Francis Gano
From the standpoint of nutrition I had most stimulating talks 
with both Orr and Macleod. Orr especially is on some government 
coAssion for alimentation in Great Britain, and I believe that 
Macleod is very closely allied with the same commission. A point 
they both brought out very intelligently was that in spite of the 
great depression in England and the use of the dole, unemployment, 
etc., there was no reason why anybody should starve in England. 
There was the usual problem of the distribution of food, with a 
plethora at one point and a deficiency at the other point, but in 
general starvation should not take place. 
The dominant factor of food selection in food likes or dislikes 
is illustrated by the fact that every morning in Aberdeen there were 
thrown into the river six thousand quarts of skim milk, simply because 
the people would not use it. The children will not drink it and 
people will not use it for cooking. It is looked upon as a waste 
product and thrown away. A proportionate amount is thrown away in 
practically all of the other Scottish cities. In the south of England 
there is undoubtedly a great scarcity of milk, certainly not an 
adequate supply, and here in Scotland is the wasteful rejection of 
this important food material. It should be said, however, that the 
great cost of transportation of skim milk (92 per cent water) from 
Aberdeen some five hundred or more miles to London or south offsets 
the food value, but it is still worthy of note that many of the poor 
in Scotland are unwilling to use this food material. It reminds" one 
of the experience of the American Relief Commission in Belgium, when 
the Belgians refused absolutely to eat American rice sent over to them.


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