Maintaining nutritional adequacy during a prolonged food by Kay B Franz

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These data are used in nutrient calculations of the various survival diets. Data for local varieties of foods should be used if these data are available. 1 SINGLE-FOOD SURVIVAL RATIONS Table 6 presents nutritive data based on' single-food survival diets of 2600-kcal energy levels. The grains and red beans vary in quantity from 715 t6790g, or about 1'/2 to 1 '/4 lb. The soybeans are 645 g, which is slightly less than 1'h lb; and the peanuts are 440 g, which is slightly less than 1 lb. 4 kg (7'/2 lb).

These problems would result in the necessity to drastically change the food habits of the American people to improve their chances of survival. These survival rations were for short-term shelter conditions and were not well balanced. They were adequate for adultsfor only the initial weeks of the emergency and, for the most part, did not make allowances for infants and young children. The rations were usually stored in large-population areas. Attempts have also been made to educate the public regarding what to d o in times of anemergency (3 1, 32, 33).

After a nuclear attack, agriculture would be disorganized by lack of manpower, lack of supplies of seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, machinery, oil and fuel for machines, and probably by radioactive contamination problems. Therefore, the agricultural productivity of the country would be sharply decreased. More manpower would be needed to replace mechanization. When the first crops were harvested after a large nuclear attack, industry probably would not be able to process most of them in the customary manner.

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