I was 12 when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in '41. I lived in Kansas, and we always had vegetable gardens; raised chickens for our meat; and had a goat for milk for me, as goat's milk was very rich and nutritious. Those were the days before antibiotics, and I had come down with almost every disease common then--except polio. I remember that everyone was issued a meat ration book, and that there was a coupon for each week, or something like that. My Dad tried raising rabbits, but didn't have the heart to kill them, so gave them to the neighbor with a lot of kids. I never looked back--those bunnies were so adorable. Mom baked all our bread, as money was very scarce, and too expensive to buy at the grocery store.----This was in the American heartland. You didn't specify WHERE in the world you were interested in.---Oh! There were berry bushes growing wild; I remember planting and eating eggplant--Mom would coat slices with egg mixture and fry them.I remember that I hated raising chickens, the most--as the little ones would panic and smoother 3/4's of the others, caught in the corners of the cages. AND I finally refused to eat any chicken at all, as I saw what the chicken ate! Anything that moved! I'd have to help Mom change the paper at the bottom of the cage and there were always worms there--and the chickens would scramble to eat them! Mom and Dad were really angry with me--they were providing very good food--even through the long hard Depression the entire decade of the '30's! Many children had much less to eat. I remember once, my mother had saved her pennies and bought a can of oyster soup! I refused to eat any as those gray things were floating on the surface. I had to sit there for HOURS, it seemed, as Mom was determined that I WAS going to eat it! I finally accepted the fact (after an hour or so), that I wasn't going to win this contest! So I quickly ate it all--and promptly ran out in the back yard and vomited it all up! Food was always an issue with me, and at 81, I eat very little; no meat other than chicken and turkey; lots of "grained" brown bread and rolls; and an apple now and then. Oh! and I got to live in Japan is 1954, for a year and LOVED steamed rice---my favorite food. We ate well on the farm--I'm SURE far better than the Europeans and most people in the Far East.