Without an abundance of fertile soil to grow crops, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have always depended on food imports from the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States to sustain life. The Great War’s impact on the global economy, and the U-Boat menace, created shortages and threatened to cut Newfoundland off from the vital necessities of life.
Dr. Michael Westcott will discuss the Dominion of Newfoundland’s pursuit to conserve food, control prices, and rediscover overlooked food sources to nourish Newfoundlanders and Labradorians as they fought the war abroad and at home. Dr. Westcott’s presentation is based on his Ph.D. dissertation titled: Transforming the Liberal State: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity on the Newfoundland Home Front, 1914-1918.
Watch the lecture at: Food Fight: Food Rationing, Price Control, and Feeding Newfoundlanders in the Great War