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Loaves and Fishes - an Illustrated History of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 1889-1989.

Loaves and Fishes - An Illustrated History of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 1889-1989

A century is often a convenient time to take stock and in the case of our Ministry it has played a part in history having taken us through two World Wars.

In 1889 the Board of Agriculture was established and the author takes us through the war period the problems of postwar food supply right up to the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy. In that timespan there have been great changes in both farming and the rural scenes. Workers have left the land in their thousands and the tractor has totally replaced the draft animal for working the fields, the farms have got bigger and the farming villages are now often weekend retreats for city workers.

To give a crude idea of the coverage: Part 1 looks at The Board of Agriculture, World War 1, Between the wars, World War 2 and MAFF postwar. In each of these areas the author examines agriculture and fisheries, and in particular areas food control, publicity and propaganda, forestry, food and the Ministry of Food. Part 2 deals with animals and land, flowers fruit and vegetables, food, people, and education and research establishments. Part 3 discusses the activities of MAFF since 1970.

They say time heals all but certainly it is amazing how quickly one forgets the past. Some of the activities mentioned or discussed in this text seem very quaint but it as well to remember that they were often the latest idea at the time. The illustrations are most interesting. To give a quick reminder of a problem that at the time seemed so serious - do you remember the Cod War. I can hear some of you say that it seems hardly appropriate now with out local fish stocks so overfished and the new territorial limits pushed to 200 miles by many nations, but such is our colourful past.
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Publication:Food Trade Review
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Date:Aug 1, 1989
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