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IMPORTANCE TO DOMINION Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. Referring to the report of the United Nations food conference at Hot Springs, Virginia, in May and June, 1943. the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Roberts, said in the House of Representatives yesterday that the proposals were very important for New Zealand as a food-producing country. Delegates at the conference were asked to endorse the principle that agriculture should not be based on' monetary reward, but should be linked to the objective of improving health on a national and evai international scale. During the past six years of war New Zealand had stepped into the international world. The country had therefore to link its resources and its productive capacity not only to the markets it wished to retain, but to the ideal of world health.

Farming, of course, must remain on a satisfactory financial basis for those engaged in it, continued Mr. Roberts, but the Dominion's agriculture and the items of production promoted must be linked to the health of the nation. The Minister said that malnutrition existed in most countries, and among all classes of people, but especially among the lower income groups. The primary objective of Hot Springs was to link- world food production to the allevation of malnutrition. Mr. Hotyoake (Nat.. Pahiatua) said that at the conference New Zealand had been well represented, but he considered the representation could have been improved by the inclusion of representatives of the farmers. Mr. Roberts said it was not a conference concerned directly with marketing or ' similar problems. New Zealand had been asked to send the technical experts to assist in a survey of world food needs.

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FOOD CONFERENCE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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FOOD CONFERENCE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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