Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 9. June 7, 1939
If no fruit or vegetables can be grown at home, the average cost of such a dietary at present Wellington prices is about 15/- per individual per week. A finally of two adults and two growing children therefore requires £3 per week for food alone! The basic wage is £4/1¾, and the average rent in Wellington is not less than 30/- per week, so is it any wonder than we do not eat an adequacy of the protective food stuffs?
Yet, in spite of these facts, if the amount of money which is now spent on meat and cakes and lollies by the average household were to be transferred to the purchase of eggs, fish, fruits and milk, and if every household made an effort to grow some greens, even if they only grow a window-box of parsley and cress, then the improvement in the health of Now Zealand would be enormous, and the saving in dentists bills would eke out the budget considerably.