The items that Lloyd George aimed to restrict were:
- Apples, tomatoes, and certain raw fruits - these should be produced at home, not imported;
- Oranges, bananas, grapes, almonds, and nuts would be restricted to 25% of previous imports;
- Aerated mineral and table waters would no longer be imported: they should be produced at home;
- imports of tea would be reduced as they came from a long distance;
- coffee and cocoa were already in sufficient quantities at home, so imports would be stopped;
- imports of meat would be restricted, the nation should rely on home grown meat.
These restriction, along with government action and campaigns to increase home food production led to many people, including policemen and their families, digging up their gardens, ploughing the fields and growing vegetables on allotments to increase the nation's food supply. By Spring 1918 there was a huge increase in the amount of land producing food. This lifted the nation's spirits and gave renewed hope for victory.