Feeding the nation

Making the most of our land to feed our nation has been the critical focus of policymakers for decades…

Outset Publishing

During the Second World War years there was a critical need for Britain to find ways to be self-sufficient in terms of food. With enemy blockades around our shores many of the goods that were usually imported were unable to reach us. By January 1941 the usual food supply coming from overseas had fallen by half. The Lend Lease system helped, with food arriving from the US and Canada. Nevertheless it was still necessary to introduce food rationing. Advice centres were set up throughout the country showing people how to make the best of the little that was available. With the scarcity of imported wheat, bread became more of a luxury, with ‘Potato Pete’ encouraging people to eat more potatoes, a foodstuff that could be locally grown.

‘Potato Pete’ and ‘Doctor Carrot’ were characters introduced to encourage the population to eat home grown vegetables.

Home-grown carrots were also in…

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Published by Isabella Muir

Isabella is passionate about exploring family life from the 1930s through to the 1960s. She has published five Sussex Crime mystery novels set during the 1960s, a standalone novel dealing with the child migrant policy of the 1950s and 60s, several novellas set during the Second World War, and two short story collections. All available in paperback from your local bookshops, or online as ebooks. Her novels are also available as audiobooks, and have been translated into Italian.

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