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Feyerherm, Harvey A.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Biological Sciences


Botany--Middle West; Raw foods


The study of some of the most common wild plants as a source of food has developed as a special problem from the fact that this area of economic botany was never included in any of the author's secondary school or undergraduate work. It was felt that a study of this nature would be of interest and could be pursued profitably, thus broadening the writer's scope within the field of economic botany. For populations in the path and in the wake of war, finding food becomes a matter of supreme importance. By utilizing edibles which In normal times are disregarded, much can be done to alleviate or postpone the worst effects of famine. One of the great disasters that arise out of all big wars is a shortage of food. When people are faced with death they naturally turn to whatever can be eaten to sustain life, taking the bark of trees, wild roots, and weeds to meet their needs.1 The undernutrition of hundreds of millions of European and Aslan population precipitated by World War II and scarcely arrested, if at all, since the ending of hostilities, prompts reiteration of this subject. 1. Bernard E. Read, Famine Foods (Shanghai: H. Lester Institute of Medical Research, 1946), p. 7.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [44-49])


43, [6] pages




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