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85,000 PAUPERS COULD BE FED
BY DEAN HALLIDAY
Three hundred --million dollars
worth of food is utterly wasted in this
country every year!
This sum, allowing $1 a day for
each one, would provide for the na
tion's 85,000 paupers for 10 years.
And the remaining nine years waste
would pile up $2,70000,000, practic
ally enough to wipe out the $2,800,
262,181 public debt of the United
This yearly waste is the blight upon
prosperity of 90,000,000 people and is
one of the largest factors in the high
cost of living. It eats up every dol
lar increase in wages that the work
And the United States is the only
nation in the world that has gone on
year after year recklessly letting this
waste of food grow unchecked.
To devise ways and means of elim
inating this waste 1,000,000 farmers
and economic experts from every
state in the union will meet in Chi
cago from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.
As the waste starts at the farm it is
the producers themselves who, at this
third national conference on market
ing and farm credits, will tackle the
gigantic task of organizing the agri
cultural interests of America for a
practical solution of the problem of
To do this, experts who have
studied the problem, declare a na
tional co-operative movement must
be organized between producer and
consumer as has been done in Ger
many, England, Scotland, Ireland and
These countries by co-operation
have organized their agricultural and
all the activities incident to the hand
ling of foodstuffs until now there is
but the tbarest possible margin of
waste and middleman's profit be
tween the farmer's field and wcvrk
" On perishable products alone the
waste this year on the farms of the
United States amounted to $150,000,
000," declares C. W. Holman, secre
tary of the National Conference on
Marketing and Farm Credits. "This
waste begins on the farm in the form
of unmarketed products and waste
resulting from inadequate banking
accommodations for farmers.
"The waste of the present system
of marketing follows due largely to
faulty packing and lacking of stand
ardization and expensive middle
men's profits the waste that direct
ly hits the consumer by a big in1
crease in retail prices.
"Co-operation will do away with
the bulk of these evils, but to do so
the country must be put on a "war
basis" just as the European coun
tries are now. With every facility for
quick, cheap handling of foodstuffs.
With producers co-operating for
cheaper production and fairer prices.
With co-operative societies through
out the land that can lower the con
sumer's cost by purchasing on a
large scale at the lowest possible
Three men of international fame
eco.nomic experts will be among the
50 speakers scheduled for the con
ference. Sir Horace Plunkitt of Dublin, Ire
land, will tell how co-operation is re
constructing the agriculture of Ire
land and regenerating the Irish farm-'
er. He will tell what should be done '
to organize in America.
David Lubin, American delegate to
the International Institute of Agri
culture, Rome, Italy, will tell of the"
changes in agricultural methods in
various European countries.
Myron T. Herrick, former U. S. am
bassador to France, will discuss farm
credits and its needs in this country.
The U. S. department of agricul
ture is sending a number of experts
1 to address the conference,