Edible Wood May Solve Food Problem (Nov, 1934)

Edible Wood May Solve Food Problem

MANY lower animals have thrived indefinitely on a diet of wood fiber, but in man’s digestive organs, it serves as roughage (“spinach” to you). Yet chemistry has been successful in producing from it – sugar, alcohol, etc.; and a German, Professor Karl Schwalbe, has made beechwood digestible with lactic acid, as in the numerous stomachs of some animals. We may look to the day when the householder will “dunk” his morning paper, page by page, as he reads it, and thus use it for toast.

6 comments
  1. Kosher Ham says: June 9, 201010:27 am

    Why does that sound like planked fish? You cook the fish on the plank until the plank is tender, then throw away the fish away and eat the plank.

  2. JMyint says: June 9, 20102:48 pm

    Back in the 70s we had Fresh Horizons bread made from wood pulp.

  3. Firebrand38 says: June 9, 20102:59 pm

    JMyint: Boy! I still remember the firestorm when the source of the “highest in fiber” claim was revealed.

    The newspapers had a field day like this one from 1979

  4. StanFlouride says: June 9, 20109:12 pm

    Just in time for “Slim Chips” this summer’s zero calorie treat:
    http://consumerist.com/…

    Mmmmm! -just like mom used to process.

  5. Mike says: June 12, 20105:53 am

    What food problem are they referring to?

  6. Firebrand38 says: June 12, 20107:04 am

    Gee, maybe the Great Ukrainian Famine http://www.ibiblio.org/…
    http://en.wikipedia.org… not to mention the Great Depression in the States.

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