Posted by Kath on November 13, 2003 at 01:13:45:
In Reply to: Indian Meal posted by Orion on November 12, 2003 at 09:34:05:
When I hae a moment to look this up in one of the history books I have, I will. But from memory I can tell you that the Indian meal was primarily ordered by the English government as a replacement food that was cheap and wouldn't affect the normal market prices for grain, etc. They were not willing to waive trade laws to provide food. (I think G. Bush was there.) The meal was usually mixed with liquid (water usually) and made into a meal called "stirabout". Sounds appetizing. It did cause some people to become ill as it was landing on empty stomachs, causing cramping, etc. In already ill starving individuals that could be quite serious. For others, it presumably at least fended off starvation.