It’s one thing to give up meat for a day but could you imagine having to give up pizza, pasta, and bread! Every country that participated in WWI was hit hard by food shortages and ration stamps and books had to be introduced. It would be nearly impossible to constantly provide millions of troops with their daily rations if civilians continued with their normal shopping habits. What also made it difficult was that many men from the farming industry joined the armed services which left the country in short supply of agricultural workers. America relied heavily on propaganda to persuade Americans to moderate their food consumption.
Slogans such as “Food Will Win the War”, “Meatless Tuesdays”, and “Wheatless Wednesdays” would be plastered all over the neighborhood and people would be encouraged to eat more fruits and vegetables instead. The food shortage in France was so bad that fines were introduced for publicly feeding pigeons or any stray animals. Things got especially brutal in the United Kingdom when Germany announced unrestricted submarine warfare because this meant that British merchant ships transporting food from overseas would be at risk of being sunk. The United Kingdom also imported over 20 million tons of food per year. In this instance food was no longer just sustenance, it was a weapon.
Post by Arvin Ramdas