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The Washington times. [volume] (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, June 16, 1917, Image 9

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The New Food Bill and What It Means
The Senate Agricultural Committee has reported out a Food Bill which is
intended to take the place of other food bills providing for the conservation
of what are termed non-perishable products. As applied to the cereal crops
and their use, the bill has a direct bearing on the manufacture of beverages in
common use by the American people and means much to manufacturers, con
sumers and to the government. It is worth while to consider in detail some
of the results that would accompany its passage in its present. form. t
that the government will lose approximately
$150,000,000 yearly, the revenue which it
would annually receive on the estimated output of malt beverages entailing
the consumption of less than three-quarters of one per cent of the grain pro
duction of the country. This represents an income to the Government of
about $3.64 for every bushel of grain actually consumed.
that this great loss of income to the govern
ment must be made up by taxing some es
sential food or foods, used in large enough quantities to render an income from
that tax equal to the amount now provided by the tax on beer. This means a
very large increase to the already high cost of living to those people who even
now find it difficult to meet the cost of necessities.
that a crop of barley estimated to amount to
181,000,000 bushels and which in this coun
try is practically useless for human consumption, will have to be
sold for animal food and at animal food prices, thereby greatly reducing- the
income of those farmers who have already planted and prepared for barley
that the -dairy interests will be deprived of an
animal food source in brewery grains which
'provide a highly nutritious fodder for milk cattle at a very low cost. This ex
cellent cattle food 'will have to be replaced by the use of corn and other cereals
useful for human food and to which people are already accustomed.
that an industry representing an investment
of more than $1,200,000,000 and .employing
thousands of workmen will be instantly made valueless, with a total loss of
all the taxes which such property pays in the localities where it is
situated. The trade conditions of those localities would be affected to the ex
tent of the sudden and entire cutting off of the enormous pay rolls which ac
company the activity of the brewing interests.
that this country will have seen fit to -adopt a
measure of conservation much more drastic
than has arty other country that is at war, although all the other countries
have had three years of experience in the demands of the conflict, while we'
have not yet had three months' knowledge of what the requirements of war
will be.
that in many important industries there
will be made necessary a great and disturb
ing change in the personal habits of workmen who are accustomed to. the
daily use of a temperate beverage and who have become accustomed to rely
upon their supply of beer as a part of their daily food and source of energy. t
that with the discontinuance of the manufac
ture of beer those accustomed to use a tem
perate beverage of small alcoholic content will have no other choice than the
use of distilled liquors, whisky, brandy and rum, of which there is a store
house stock of three hundred million gallons, or enough to last more than
three years under normal consumption.
The brewers of the country stand ready to co-operate to the fullest extent possible in any way that the
President desires. They do not ask consideration from any other standpoint
than that of public policy and fair dealing.
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