Letter Re: Anti-Hoarding Law of World War I as a Precedent for Future Laws?

Thanks for all the helpful information in SurvivalBlog.

Regarding the reader who wrote in about the prospect of food hoarding laws; there have indeed been times where private U.S. citizens were forced to give up “unreasonable” stores of provisions, thus setting a possible precedent. For example: In 1918, Herbert Hoover (who would later be a US president), then working as head of the Food Administration, saw to it that a retired Navy doctor and his wife were charged for having about a year’s worth of foodstuffs in their home. (The law stated that more than thirty day supply was illegal.) Sadly, the couple’s goods were only found out when they read about the hoarding law and tried to comply, by giving their excess flour to a grocer to dispense to local charities.
Here is a link to the archived New York Times article reporting the incident. Best, – Mrs. Young