Courtesy National World War I Museum and Memorial
Many new inventions, movements, and cultural advances came out of necessity, like the “grow-your-own” movement, which has had a resurgence in recent years. “In WWI, the U.S. Food Administration regulated food production to support the armed forces and allies,” says Doran Cart, Senior Curator of The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. “To conserve food, Americans were encouraged to be self-sustainable with practices such as growing their own food.” The regulation also lead to new initiatives like canning vegetables to preserve food, he says. “If Americans weren’t fighting for the war, they were working for the war, and growing their own food was one way to contribute,” Cart says. In today’s world, we look to grow-your-own and farm-to-table as a way to reduce food production costs, eat healthier, and support local farmers. Betcha never learned these fascinating facts about America while you were in school.