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By Alan F. Wilt

This groundbreaking examine charts Britain's nutrition and agricultural arrangements within the Nineteen Thirties. It indicates that during this quarter, unlike different parts of the economic climate, govt plans have been already well-developed through 1939 and examines how the measures of the Nineteen Thirties not just set the degree for global warfare II but additionally contributed to a better British agiculture within the a long time that followed.

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To promote flexibility a British import advisory committee could at any time recommend changes in the rates. 46 Annual food imports from the Dominions and Empire were  per cent higher in  than they had been in –. On the other hand, those from foreign nations were  per cent lower during the same period. More specifically, non-Empire wheat imports into Britain fell by about  per cent between  and , and Denmark ceased to be the main supplier of butter, being replaced by New Zealand and Australia.

Before turning to the period between April  and the outbreak of the war one further concern needs to be addressed: the continuing debate over how to stop the decline in agriculture. The issue had bedevilled rural Britain, except for World War I, for generations. By the s the problem seemed to have reached overwhelming proportions, and this had happened despite agriculture’s decreasing importance in Britain’s economy. To solve the problem various groups and individuals put forth a variety of solutions, which ran the gamut politically from right to left with all shades of opinion, including single-issue advocates, in between.

Still, the principle of governmental involvement, no matter how slow and incomplete, was gaining at least some momentum. During this time individuals still made a difference. Two of them were ministers of agriculture in the early s, Christopher Addison and Sir John Gilmour. They, and their successors, Walter Elliot and William S. Morrison, were key persons, in the foreground and background, when it came to shaping Britain’s food and agricultural policies and eventually linking them to rearmament.

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