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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 9. June 7, 1939

What Should Be Done?

What Should Be Done?

The average New Zealander seems fundamentally to prefer his white bread, potatoes and meat to his spinach and milk. This is the first problem. The emphasis in all food matters must be moved away front meat and bread to the protective foodstuffs.

As an example of psychologically wrong food propaganda, the recent utterances of Dr. Elizabeth Gunn on school lunches are a perfect example. Three quarters of a column of newsprint is devoted to telling mothers that home-made fish and chips, meat plus and fried sausages are suitable for a child's lunch, in a few sentences, she dismisses the protective foods such as milk, fruit and carrots as food which are desirable but unimportant. Greens such as lettuce or parsley are not mentioned. Whole meal bread is considered "faddy." Does Dr. Gunn know more about nutrition than the League of Nations Nutrition Committee? If so, we are willing to accept her emphasis on meat and cold fried sausages, but If not, we would prefer to point out the necessity of the milk, fruit and greens part of the lunch, and leave the boiled sweets, sausages and meat pies until such time as our nation has become so healthy that the ingestion of such food will not seriously unbalance the daily intake.