17 September 1948

The world's population was increasing by 1 per cent a year and it was doubtful that the supply of food could keep pace even with the present low standards of nutrition, warned Sir Henry Tizard, president of the British Association.

'We must plan our economy on the assumption that food will be both scarce and dear for many years to come,' he said. He called for vigorous measures to offset the peril, such as increasing the productivity of the land, developing new sources of supply, and devoting greater attention to preventing disease among plants and animals.

But Britain would still need to import food for 25 million people. 'It is our duty, and the only way of safeguarding our future as long as we remain a large food-importing country, to develop our colonial territories, particularly the under-populated African colonies, where the increase in population that would follow the control of disease and the increase of food supply would open fresh markets for international trade.'