Famine - fact or fic­tion

Strathearn Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

“Cam­ou­flage”is the mil­i­tary term for mak­ing any­thing look ex­actly like some­thing else to which nat­u­rally it bears not the slight­est re­sem­blance.

In France or Flanders, or in the drive north of Jerusalem, it may be quite le­git­i­mate to hide our guns in fo­liage in or­der to deceive the foe, or to lead his ob­servers astray. That is“cam­ou­flage”. But we beg leave to doubt the moral­ity of“cam­ou­flage” when prac­tised by the pro­duc­ers against the con­sumers in a na­tion fight­ing for its very ex­is­tence.

For in­stance, if you cre­ate an ar­ti­fi­cial short­age of beef, reck­less of the con­se­quences, and then set“ex­perts”to prat­tle to news­pa­per re­porters about the dan­gers of a se­ri­ous meat“famine”, that is cam­ou­flage.

These last week’s the col­umns of the press have been flooded with warn­ings by those interested in the live­stock trade that we are on the verge of a beef famine.

Through the ac­tion of the food con­troller, the prof­its of farm­ers and rais­ers of live cat­tle have been some­what cut down, and all at once - and si­mul­ta­ne­ous with the cut­ting down of prof­its - these gentlemen have dis­cov­ered a national dan­ger.

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