W.E.B. Du Bois


February 1, 1918

War necessities may teach the Negro some salutary lessons. For a long time it has been known that as a race we eat too much meat, especially pork, and are ruining our digestions with hot bread made daily. Frugal peoples have long since learned that risen bread thoroughly baked and kept until stale is not only the most economical, but the most nutritious of dietaries. Modern physicians have long urged us to decrease our meat rations and increase our consumption of vegetables. The war comes now to enforce our common sense. The Hot Biscuit is a lovely institution, but it is too costly in work and money and too dangerous for the digestion to come oftener than once a week. The deceitful Pork Chop must be dethroned in the South and yield a part of its sway to vegetables, fruits and fish. Food—reasonable food—will not only win the war, but will win health and efficiency if we learn the lesson of the present emergency aright.


For attribution, please cite this work as:
Du Bois, W.E.B. 1918. “Food.” The Crisis 16 (4): 165.