|Title||Food (War) Committee|
|Date||December 1916 - January 1919|
|Description||Minutes taken at meetings of the Food (War) Committee of the Royal Society, detailing research interests, correspondence, and the day to day committee business. Volume one of two.|
Notes: the Food (War) Committee was founded in 1915 to act as a scientific advisory body to government bodies regulating food policy, trade and distribution, and rationing schemes in the food shortage of WWI. Composed of eminent biochemists, physiologists, agricultural scientists and economists, headed by William B Hardy, Secretary of the Royal Society. Prominent members include physiologists A D Waller, D Noel Paton, E P Cathcart, F G Hopkins, and W M Bayliss; agriculturalists T H Middleton, and T B Wood, and economist William J Ashley.
The Committee undertook pioneering work in researching dietary requirements, arriving at the minimum calorie needs to maintain a body at rest, and investigating the calorie requirements of different classes of workers. They advised against rationing of bread and developed distribution schemes based on sound science. Minutes deal with these research interests and policy advice.
Many of the minutes have associated correspondence and reports -- see MS/527 for papers and letters of the Food Committee.
|Format||Carbon copies, typescript and printed documents|
Fellows associated with this archive
|NA8234||Hardy; Sir; William Bate (1864 - 1934)||1864 - 1934|