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What Did The Food Administration Do During Ww1? (RESOLVED)

Eat local, meatless Mondays, go wheatless, more fruits and vegetables, less white sugar— many of the things we hear a lot about today Americans did during the First World War 😎 The United States Food Administration, created in 1917 and headed by Herbert Hoover, campaigned to convince Americans to voluntarily change their eating habits in order to have enough food to feed our military and starving civilians in Europe 😎 These included conserving meat, sugar, fats and wheat so that they could be exported overseas 🙌 They advocated alternative sugars, such as honey and molasses. They educated with memorable slogans, such as “when in doubt, eat potatoes” and “help us observe the Gospel of the clean plate” and invented “Meatless Mondays” and “Wheatless Wednesdays.” To free up transportation for war supplies, they encouraged buying locally produced food, or better still, growing liberty gardens. [1]
Lever Act of 1917 reflects both American government’s normal functioning and World War I-related extraordinary circumstances. The Lever Act was created in accordance with the Constitution’s legislative custom. The indexes of the New York Times 1917 show that Congress members have different interests in supporting and opposing legislation. Other entries reveal the wide range of lobbyists who are interested in either supporting or decrying it. The legislative dance was typical American. It included proposed legislation, support and opposition from special interest organizations, legislative revisions, and congressional hearings. The dance was ended in August 1917. Congress passed the Food and Fuel Control Act (40 Stat. (40 Stat. [2]
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It is an amazing piece. Archives.gov This shows that the United States did a lot to save food and other important materials in World War I. It was vital to our ability to provide supplies for troops abroad and our allies. To unite the public and supply essential resources to the allies, people were encouraged to observe “Meatless Mondays”, and “Wheatless Tuesdays”. The United States Food Administration, which was headed by Herbert Hoover, was created to facilitate the process. Local food boards organized canning demonstrations in New York City. These demos showed how to replace wheat with sugar and gave recipes. Sapna Olivervares of Jodhpur in India, last modified 8 weeks back [3]
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To regulate the production of food in WWI America, this groundbreaking WWI law was established. State and national governments called upon household consumers, food producers, and farmers to “eat less” and “be thankful that we have enough to share with those who fight for freedom.” As head of the Food Administration, Herbert Hoover wrote, “The whole great problem of winning the war rests primarily on one thing: the loyalty and sacrifice of the American people in the matter of food.” The Administration launched the “Food Will Win the War campaign between the years of 1917 through 1919, promoting moderation mostly through propaganda (or “publicity”) since Congress prohibited rationing. Francene Tomlinson revised the above on March 12, 2021. [4]
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People often associate food rationing during wartime with World War II. However, World War I also sawseen civilians encouraged to participate in the war effort. The United States Food Administration issued this colorful poster, by Charles E. Chambers to promote voluntary food conservation. Herbert Hoover, the new head of the agency’s Food Will Win the War campaign was the title of the initiative. Food was necessary not only to feed America’s growing Army, but to help relieve famine in Europe, in part to prevent the overthrow of European governments and the’s had spreadingpread of communism. Hoover, April 25, 1919 wrote, “Officially, the primary objective of the United States when undertaking the fight against European famine is to save lives of starving persons.” But, defeating Anarchy is the second object and it’s just as important. “Food as a Weapon,” Hoover Digest Hoover Institution (revised March 31, 2021 by Patricia Collins, Al Mukalla Yemen) [5]

Refer to the Article

  1. https://togetherwewin.librarycompany.org/food-conservation-during-wwi-post/
  2. https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/sow-seeds
  3. https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/food-wwi.html
  4. https://rememberingwwi.villanova.edu/food-conservation/
  5. https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-resources/spotlight-primary-source/food-will-win-war-1917
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