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3. “Fight the Huns with Food”

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The First World War put Canada in the front line as a supplier of Great Britain. The Canadian government made food production a major theme to integrate Canadians into the war effort. This appeared first, as early as 1915, in the mobilization of farmers by the federal government, encouraging them to increase production so that Canada could export as much agricultural produce as possible. Such direction was by no means exceptional; it corresponded to decisions made by the belligerent states to supervise those kinds of national production, such as munitions and foodstuffs, considered vital for the conduct of the war. Producing as much as possible involved each farmer in a national agricultural war effort, the impact of which was however supranational, supporting the arms of fighters overseas. This chapter considers Canadian propaganda through the lens of food policy.

Keywords: Canadian civilians; First World War; food war effort; Great Britain; mobilization; patriotism



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