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Mail Tribune 100, July 27, 1918

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

July 27, 1918

VALUE OF MILK AS FOOD SHOWN BY DEMONSTRATOR

To have the people of Medford understand the value of milk as a food, a dairy demonstration is being planned by Miss McCormick, the home demonstration agent. This meeting and demonstration is to be held at the Page theater next Tuesday evening at 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Gorham Lusk of the Cornell medical school says:

“No family of five persons should buy meat until it has bought three quarts of milk. Milk is cheap at any price compared to meat as a food.”

An American Red Cross nurse in Belgium wrote back to a friend at home an account of a visit to a hospital filled with children suffering from rickets, hundreds of them, and all of them there because there wasn’t enough food to go round, enough fat, milk, fruit; things that are essential to make children grow and keep well and happy. Without milk they couldn’t be cured, and there was not enough milk to be had. The cows of Belgium are dry or dead or have been exported to Germany.

Unfortunately we can’t share out milk with the babies of Belgium. There is danger with a few cents added to the price that we may not give our own babies enough and they may share the fate of babies in Belgium. Milk is one food we must not cut down on; in fact, there is every reason to increase our consumption in order to increase the production and that we may be able to do without other things.

If other things have to be dispensed with, milk must stay, we must use more of it rather than less. Children cannot be happy and well and made ready for the work they are to do in the world without plenty of milk, at least a quart a day for each child.

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