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United States -- Dept. of Agriculture. -- Office of Governmental and Public Affairs
United States -- Dept. of Agriculture. -- Office of Communication
United States -- Dept. of Agriculture. -- Office of Information
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JULY 1970 No. 78


New Handbook Tells How. People who like people aeao
those who like children -- will be interested in the n ook
for Volunteers in the Child Nutrition Programs" (FN-10) a new
publication from the Department of Agriculture's Food and
Nutrition Service. The 20-page, photo-illustrated booklet
suggests ways in which volunteer workers can help start or
improve a food service for children in their communities. It
also gives a brief description of each USDA child nutrition
program and lists the addresses of the Food and Nutrition
Regional offices. Each of the six sections of the booklet
includes examples of volunteer activities in different parts
of the country. The new booklet is the third in a series of
volunteer handbooks. "Handbook for Volunteers in the Food
Stamp Progra{#(FN-1) and "Handbook for Volunteers in the
Commodity Distribution Program" (FN-2) are already in use by
volunteer groups. Copies of the handbooks are free from the
Division of Information, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C. 20250.


Researchers Add to Their Arsenal. Insects that damage stored
foods, feeds, fabrics, and other products are targets of in-
tensive research by scientists of USDA's Agricultural Research
Service. And with good reason. Insect-caused losses in stored
products exceed $850 million annually; consumers, farmers, and
business firms spend more than $280 million annually for con-
trol. Among the combatants against these insects are ARS
scientists at the Stored-Products Insects Research and Deve-
lopment Laboratory, Savannah, Georgia. Established in 1946,
the facility this May dedicated and put into operation a new
$800,000 building that will serve as headquarters for the
12-building facility. Along with attempting to improve
conventional pest control methods, the researchers are
exploring potential new methods such as the use of atomic
radiation, light, sound and atmospheric gases. Experimental
nontoxic treatments of mothproofing woolens will also be
developed and insect-resistant packaging methods and materials
will be tested. The Savannah facility is one of eight such
laboratories where ARS researchers are studying ways to "bug"
the bugs.


Gabrielino Trail. A refreshing change of environment and a chance to hike
through the rugged beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains these pleasant
opportunities are within easy travel time for millions of Southern California
city dwellers. The opportunities are found along the Gabrielino Trail in the
Angeles National Forest. The 28-mile trail was recently designated as the first
National Recreation Trail on Federal land--the beginning of a nationwide system
of recreation trails authorized by Congress. The trail, which is administered
by USDA's Forest Service, begins north of Arcadia in the Big Santa Anita Canyon
and extends to the city line of Pasadena. It passes through three campgrounds,
encompasses a picnic area, and parallels, for part of its length, the West Fork
of the San Gabriel River. A variety of trees, flowering underbrush, birds, and
small wildlife make the Gabrielino Trail of particular interest to photographers
and nature students.

The Enchanted Way. Still another trail--this one for the visually handicapped--
has been opened by USDA's Forest Service. Called La Pasada Encantada -- The
Enchanted Way -- the trail is located on the Lincoln National Forest near Cloud-
croft, N. Mex. The New Mexico General Federation of Women's C\ubs helped build
the trail and the New Mexico State School for the Visually Handicapped helped
prepare the Braille signs. The name for the trail was selected from suggestions
in a contest at the School. The meandering trail with its 25 stops is unpaved;
but objects which might be obstacles to the sightless have been removed. Low
pole rails, easily followed with a cane, lead from stop to stop. Listening spots
along the trail provide places to rest and to listen to forest sounds rustling
breezes, bird songs, and chattering small animals. Actually, La Pasada Encantada
has a lot to recommend it to the sighted as well as the sightless.


Plans set: SOS/70 Congress. Secretary of Agriculture Clifford M. Hardin, world-
reknown Swedish economist Dr. Gunnar Myrdal, and Britain's Lord Ritchie Calder,
a leading scientist, are scheduled to keynote an international congress of 3,000
food scientists and technologists in Washington, D. C., August 9-14. The meeting,
third of its kind in the last 12 years, will focus on the problems of the nutri-
tional needs of an exploding global population.


, With REA. In rural areas, there are 400 uses for electricity; power usage
in residential areas doubles every seven years. In 1970 the Rural Electrification
Administration, an agency of the Department of Agriculture, chalks up 35 years of
helping rural people to help themselves. Today, REA loans -- totaling more than
seven billion dollars -- to 1,000 rural systems borrowers are helping to provide
modern electric service to 20 million people in 46 States. In 1949, REA was
authorized by Congress to use the successful electric loan program as a model for
improving and extending rural telephone service. Now, 20 years later, two million
subscribers have received new or upgraded dial service -- furnished by nearly 900
borrowers across the nation.



1970 Edition of a "Bestseller." The Department of Agriculture has revised and
updated its "bestseller," "Family Fare." The new edition, subheaded "A Guide
to Good Nutrition," includes a section which, among other things, explains the
various nutrients -- what they do and where they are found. There is information
on maintaining a desirable weight; a chart showing the contribution of familiar
foods to a good diet; tips on meal planning; menu suggestions; 200 recipes; and
information on buying, storing, measuring, and using various foods. The book was
prepared by food scientists and nutritionists of USDA's Agricultural Research
Service. Single copies of "Family Fare: (HG-1) are available for 45 cents from the
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C.
20402. Please give your zipcode when ordering.


In the City and the Suburbs. No matter where you live -- in the city or country -
if you have a separate house with its own plot of ground, you are a "land user."
As such, you have the opportunity and the responsibility to practice soil and water
conservation. And good stewardship of the land has its rewards for the keeper of
a city or suburban lot as well as for the operators of farms, ranches, or forests.
It is a practical way to protect your property values and create pleasant surroun-
dings in which to live. The necessity of altering natural landscapes to make
suitable conditions for people to live close together inevitably creates problems
of land use and protection. Valuable and practical tips on coping with erosion and
water runoff in the city an suburbs can be found in the USDA bulletin "Soil Conser-
vation at Home" (AIB 244). The booklet discusses the different kinds of soils,
drainage, plantings for wildlife, lawns and yards, as well as the overall soil and
water conservation for communities. Single copies of the booklet can be obtained
free from Information Division, Soil Conservation Service, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Washington, D. C. 20250.


"Milk Basic To Good Nutrition" (C-162) is a new 50-frame color slide set and film
strip to provide information on other foods to go with dairy products for a balanced
meal. This is the third in a slide set series under the Food Makes the Difference
information/education program conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in
cooperation with industry. Recipes are included in the slide set to show how dairy
products may be used with other foods. Menu ideas, basic nutrition information, and
better buying habits are shown in the slide set and film strip. The slide series
may be purchased from the Photography Division, Office of Information, U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture, Washington, D. C. 20250. Cost of each 50-frame color slide
set is $8.00. Copies of each filmstrip may be ordered for $5.50 from the Photo
Lab, Inc., 3825 Georgia Ave. N. W., Washington, D. C. 20011.


Fresh and Fruity. Homemakers can declare their independence from long, hot hours
in the kitchen by planning menus based on the Plentiful Foods List for July. In
sweltering mid-summer, July's Plentifuls can whet the appetite, cool the tongue,
and spark the imagination: fresh summer vegetables, fresh plums, fresh peaches,
watermelons, fresh and processed lemons and limes, rice, broiler-fryers, and honey.
For August Plentifuls will include wheat products, summer vegetables, watermelons,
fresh plums, peanuts and peanut products, and, in some areas, canned grapefruit

FOR THE FOOD WE EAT 3 1262 08740 0767

We Pay Less. Proportionately. Americans spend proportionately less for what
they eat than citizens of other countries.
--Less than 20 percent of our consumer expenditures goes for food.
--Canada nearly matches this, with just about 20 percent of consumer
expenditures going for food.
--Food costs take more than one-third of consumer spending in Italy
and Japan. -
--In USSR, half of consumer spending goes for food.
--Food is very expensive in developing countries; in India, for
example, it takes more than one-half of consumer expenditures.


Keep Your Home Pest Free. Pesticide,s.Hep--but you need to know how to handle
the pesticides too. First, you must know how to buy a pesticide. Take your time,
and make sure you're getting the right product. Check the label--see if it is a
surface spray or a space spray. Surface sprays are for crawling insects--space
sprays are meant to knock down flying insects. After you've bought it, you've got
to know how and where to store it. Read the label. Don't store it near food or
near heat. Use the pesticide according to directions. A chart on some common
household pests and what to do about them is printed in the revised edition of
"Pesticide Safety in Your Home." Single copies are available free from the Office
of Information, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C. 20250.


Beware the Temperatures. Picnics and cookouts are delightful ways to eat summer
meals. But summertime calls for some extra attention to keeping foods safe to eat.
In fact, poor food-handling practices in the home any time of the year can often
cause illness in the family, according to researchers at the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. Homemakers can help protect their families from foodborne illness
by stressing personal hygiene for all family members; making sure all dishes,
cooking equipment, and work surfaces are clean; and taking simple precautions in
storing, preparing, cooking, and preserving all foods. A USDA booklet, "Keeping
Food Safe to Eat," (HG 162) explains the "whys" and howss" of food safety for
homemakers. Single copies of the publication are available from the Office of
Information, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.

SERVICE is a monthly newsletter of consumer interest. It is designed for those
who report to the individual consumer rather than for mass distribution. For
information about items in this issue, write: Lillie Vincent, Editor of SERVICE,
Office of Information, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C. 20250.
Please include your zipcode.


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