Written: Written on August 26 or 27, 1919
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 278c-279a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Notify the Food Research Institute tomorrow by special memo that in three months’ time they must present exact and complete data on practical achievements in producing sugar from sawdust.
 This note was apparently written during a meeting of the Council of People’s Commissars on August 26, 1919, at which the work of the Food Research Institute was discussed. The C.P.C. decided “that a report by the People’s Commissariat for Health and the People’s Commissariat for Food on the practical tasks of the Food Research Institute be made within three months. Within the same period, a report by the Food Research Institute to be made on the techniques of producing sugar from sawdust”. = Fotieva wrote on Lenin’s note: “Fulfilled 28.VIII.”
Apparently at the same sitting, Krasin wrote a note to Lenin saying that 18 lbs. of sugar could be obtained from one pood of sawdust. Lenin wrote back in reply: “Unbelievable—18 lbs. from one pood!! 45 per cent??? Sugar content? %?” = (Lenin Miscellany XXIV, p. 29.) Lenin frequently reverted to this subject (see present edition, Vol. 35, Document 230).