Excerpt from The World's Wheat Supply
Sir William Crookes dismisses. The subject of our own home production with the remark that We eagerly spend millions to protect our coasts and commerce; and millions more on ships, explosives, guns, and men; but we omit to take necessary ... precautions to supply ourselves with the very first and supremely important munition of war - food. It is rather hard thus to be told that we are negligent upon the important subject of our food supply, when, up to the time of the Bristol meeting, the remedy had been locked up in Sir William Crookes's brain! The truth is, that we produce more per acre of every staple food suited to our soil and climate, than any other country in the world. But we have a greater population in proportion to our cultivable area than any other country in Europe; and it is simply impossible to provide the food required without very large importation. In fact, it would require very extensive emigration to bring down our population within the limits of our own possible food supply.
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