Did You Know?. More than 35% of the Earth’s surface is used, at least indirectly, for harvesting food and other materials. Did You Know?. Globally, about 60% of food is produced using rainwater, 40% using irrigation. Did You Know?.
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The term “snap beans” refers to the crackling sound made when fresh beans are broken in two. Once widely known as string beans because of their stringy pods, over the past century the tough pod strings have been bred out of most of today’s popular varieties.
Cattle slaughter plants usually specialize in one of two types of cattle. Plants specialize because the animals have different shapes that require different settings for slaughter line equipment, and because the animals provide different meat products.
The first application of modern scientific methods to plant reproduction is credited to Gregor Mendel in the mid-19th century. Mendel’s research focused on the identification of particular traits in garden peas, and the ways in which such traits were inherited by successive generations.
On average, it takes one pound of oranges to make one 8-ounce glass of single-strength orange juice. Juice consumption took off in the mid-1940s with the introduction of frozen concentrated orange juice.
Steers and heifers are fed a concentrated diet of corn rations before slaughter, producing a more marbled cut of beef that is preferred for taste. Cows, fed on grass and forage, produce leaner meat that is usually mixed with trimmings from steer and heifer carcasses to produce ground beef.
“Uncle Sam” is modeled after Sam Wilson, a meatpacker from Troy, New York. During the War of 1812, the meat he shipped to the government was stamped “U.S. Beef.” Soldiers began to call it Uncle Sam’s beef.
The eggshell and membranes under it provide a barrier that limits the ability of organisms to enter the egg. The shell surface has from 7,000-17,000 tiny pores that permit moisture and carbon dioxide to move out and air to move in.
Sweet corn is actually a genetic mutation of field corn and was reportedly first grown in Pennsylvania in the mid-1700s. The natural mutation in sweet corn causes the kernel to store more sugars than field corn.
Domestic broiler consumption in the U.S. is predominantly of white meat. In contrast, dark meat—drums, thighs, deboned leg meat, whole legs, and leg quarters—is preferred by consumers in most foreign markets, including Mexico.
All domesticated cattle have a common ancestor: the wild Aurochs cattle, which originated in Asia. Unfortunately their wild, aggressive temperament made them hard to domesticate. But with enough meat on them to feed a village for weeks, they became a trophy to hunt. Eventually, though, they were hunted to extinction: The last true Aurochs cow is believed to have been killed by poachers in Poland in 1627.