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FOOD ECONOMY. The food economy campaign of some months ago was effective in making the public generally realise the urgent need of conserving supplies of foodstuffs by reducing consumption. Since then there has been a widespread feeling that all danger of shortage was passed and, generally speaking, the public have resumed their normal habits, as far as they aw able to do so. There is, however, as great a need for economy as ever, and housewives, when shopping, have of late been confronted with ominous signs of a shortage of supplies. Another food economy campaign is being instituted and Mr. Lloyd George and others have spoken words 'of warning. The German U boats have taken a heavy toll of Allied and neutral shipping and have sunk many thousands of tons of foodstuffs. That danger is being steadily overcome, but German piracy will continue to have an effect on supplies. Apart from this, and more important still, there is a world shortage of fbodstuffs owing to the war's interference with production. Further, transport, bo inland and on the sea, which was formerly devoted to the conveyance of food- stuffs, has been diverted to war purposes. Some people are talking gloomily about a serious time with regard to food supplies during the coming winter. So far as supplies are con- cerned we have not yet really felt the pinch of shortage, although prohibitive prices have had largely the same effect for many people, 'while on the other hand many who are enjoying a prosperous time are indulging themselves lavishly. There is nothing more certain than that We cannot eat our cake and have it." and if some reduction in consumption is not effected now, the position may become very acute later on. We must give credit to Lord Rhondda for knowing his business, and no doubt he has his plans prepared, but one cannot but feel that if the position is as black as it has been painted, not only sugar, but the chief articles of food should have been rationed by now. We hope, at any rate, that if Lord Rhondda sees the necessity of rationing more articles of diet he will take command of all stocks and will com- mence operations as soon as possible. To give two or three months' intimation of what he intends to do will only lead to a rush toobuy up and hoard, a procedure which would make the shortage more acutely felt by all who are either too patriotic or have not the means to do so. ♦ —

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