Lead: During Samuel Johnson’s lifetime, improvements in farming resulted in a greater food supply. Johnson who loved eating said, “Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else.”

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Although most historians focus on the Industrial Revolution in England during the 18th century, there were also sweeping changes out in the countryside. Britain was being transformed from an agrarian society to an industrial one, but somebody had to feed the growing number of workers occupying the urban factories. One of the great factors fueling the industrial revolution was great increase in agricultural production, which meant that fewer farmers could produce more food. This in turn, supported an enormous surge in population.

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