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Forgotten wartime letters present worth of meals safety

An Orkney Islands farmer says the UK authorities should study beneficial classes from the previous and focus assets on home meals safety.

Beef and sheep farmer Douglas Paterson, 29, stated the invention of two letters courting from the First World Battle in a derelict home on his farm gave a stark reminder that meals is crucial to nationwide safety.

Each letters have been addressed to his great-grandfather, Chas Paterson, and despatched to Veltigar Farm, Tankerness, Orkney.

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The primary, signed by the then prime minister, David Lloyd George, on 5 March 1917, encourages farmers to throw their “fullest energies into the work” throughout spring planting “so that each doable acre shall be sown”.

The letter says “it was not possible to keep away from calling up males match for energetic service”, however so far as doable, “that is being met by bringing on to the land women and men from different industries”.

Typed letter and hand-addressed envelope

© Douglas Paterson

Typed and signed letter

© Douglas Paterson

The second letter, despatched by the Ministry of Meals on 29 Might 1917, appeals to each family member to “make sacrifices” and scale back each day consumption of bread so “we will finest assist the boys who’re gallantly preventing on land and sea to realize victory”.

Typed letter

© Douglas Paterson

The formation of the Girls’s Land Military in 1917, to fill very important roles on farms left vacant as males have been despatched to the trenches to combat; a Ploughing Up marketing campaign which ramped up home meals manufacturing; and a voluntary rationing marketing campaign helped the nation keep away from being starved into submission.

“There can be severe repercussions on the worldwide meals market, and if the meals isn’t there to get, we’re executed for. The federal government should take notice: if there are not any farmers, there isn’t any meals. And if there isn’t any meals, we will’t survive.”



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