Reference numberCMB/73
TitleFood (War) Committee
DateDecember 1916 to January 1919
DescriptionMinutes taken at meetings of the Food (War) Committee of the Royal Society, detailing research interests, correspondence, and the day to day committee business. Volume two 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.
Extent1 volume
FormatCarbon copies, typescript documents and printed documents
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8234Hardy; Sir; William Bate (1864 - 1934); biologist and food scientist1864 - 1934
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