food rationing

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In times of scarcity, such as interruption of supply lines in wartime conditions or severe natural disasters, rationing is a way to ensure that all members of the population get a fair share of available food supplies. An interesting side effect of wartime rationing in the United Kingdom and some European nations was that, for the first time, economically deprived segments of the population, and especially their infants and children, received enough food for healthy growth and development, leading to a generation born during the deprived Depression years of the 1930s and nourished on wartime and postwar rations that was taller and fitter than their parents.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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