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Loaves and Fishes.

"Loaves and Fishes." subtitled An Illustrated History of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 18891989" and written by Susan Foreman, has been published by HMSO, Publications Centre, P.O. Box 276, London, SW8 5DT, U.K., in honor of the MAFF centennial. This is a well illustrated and well written account of food production in the United Kingdom during the past century, the role of the nation's fisheries in it, and the MAFF's research and management.

The book is presented in three parts, with Part I reviewing the initiation and service of the MAFF forerunner, the Board of Agriculture, from 1889 to 1914. In 1903, that became the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, as it gained new powers and duties relating to the fishing industry. Most of the fisheries work then involved fisheries research, particularly as directed by the ICES. Additional chapters discuss the role and progress of fisheries along with agriculture, forestry, and food during World War I, the period between the wars, World War II, and the post-war period.

Chapters in Part II discuss more specifically animals and the land, fruits and vegetables, and people involved with agriculture and food. The chapter on "statistics and journals" includes information on fisheries statistics collection and other fisheries reports and leaflets. And the chapter on "Education and research establishments" discusses the Directorate of Fisheries Research, the Torry Research Station in Aberdeen, and food science laboratories. Finally, Part Ill relates the role of "MAFF Since 1970" in food science and production, pollution prevention, research and development, and includes a special section on its fisheries work. Appendices list Ministers and permanent secretaries, references and a chronological list of important events from 1793 through 1988. Indexed, the 150-page paperbound volume presents an excellent, concise history of U.K. fisheries in relation to other food products and is available from HMSO for 8.00 [pounds] sterling per copy.
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Publication:Marine Fisheries Review
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Date:Sep 22, 1988
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