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

It's a Racket!

It's a Racket!

"Salient" endeavored some weeks ago to expose some of the harmful lies contained in advertisements for products used every day. Our printers, acting under legal advice, were unwilling print our article. Their refusal was dictated by sound judgment—the power of the great food companies is too great for their activities to be safely questioned by private persons. The offensive article, however, has now been distributed to University students in a cyclostyled form. In that article, and in this special issue of "Salient," you will discover countless examples of the effects described above.

The problem of nutrition has never been so popular ns it is today. There are more books on food and dietary sold now than at any, time during the past twenty years. But the fear of libel action and the lack of scientific and systematic study of food values makes the majority of these books useless. We are besieged by cranks who mix Christ and orange Juice for our consumption in unpalatable proportions.

There is little disagreement between those attacking the problem scientifically, as is ably shown in our leading article this week.

This special issue is an endeavor to state the problem, give examples, and provide a solution.