Food Focus

A look at rationing in the Second World War

On 8 January 1940 Britain introduced food rationing, changing the eating habits of the nation for the decade to come. Starting with bacon, sugar and butter, everything from tea and biscuits, to even clothes, wood and fabric became rationed as part of the war effort.
The United Kingdom had to come together and show a collective vow of austerity, recognising that importing food from foreign waters was putting merchant seafarers lives at risk. A new resolve was borne and created an opportunity for the local communities – particularly women – to take ownership over their food production at home. Allotments and vegetable practices sprung up in unexpected places and inventive dishes were created to adapt to the changing food patterns.
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