Rationing


During World War 2, the British public was issued with ration books. This was because things that were imported had all been cut off by the Axis. Things like oil, petrol, Clothes and even furniture were rationed. Rationing meant that people got a minimum amount of goods. This was done by everyone having ration books which contained coupons which were cut out and given to the shopkeeper. There were also a huge amount of advertising campaigns, such as Dr Carrot and Potato Pete, about eating food that can be grown in England

The main thing that was rationed in wartime Britain was Food. Because Before the war 555,000,000 tons of food was imported and during the war 12,000,000 tons of food was imported. That's a drop of 43,000,000 tons! The average weeks ration was: 4oz meat, 4oz butter, 3 pints milk, 3 oz sweets, 8oz sugar, 4oz cheese, 2 oz tea, 2 oz cooking fat and 1 egg. But at least the government didn't have to ration everything, some things that were not rationed were: Brown bread, cough sweets and some vegetables. People were told to save kitchen waste for chickens and pigs.

ration-book.jpgSome people decided to try and get around the rationing system by buying goods on the black market. The Black market was when some people got hold of illegal goods and sold them for a very high price on the black market. The Government told these people that "It's not clever to have more than your fair share!"

Different people had different ration books because the Government decided that people like children should get more rations. They decided to make it colour coded. Buff colour was for most adults; Green was for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under five, and blue was for children from 5 to 16.

Food wasn't the only thing rationed; many other things were rationed too. Furniture and clothes had to be made utility, which meant it was made out of the least material possible. This made them very look very boring and in furniture's case square.

All in all, World War 2 was hell for a "Foodie"