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Agriculture -Facts

1-More than 6,000 different kinds of apples are grown around the world.

2-Tractors were invented in the 1880s to pull plows through fields

3-Guinea pig farms can be found in Peru and other Latin American countries

4-There are around 2.2 million farms in the United States

5-Pigs, a common farm animal, are thought to be the 4th most intelligent animal, after chimps, dolphins, and elephants.

6-Americans spend 10% of their income on food, which is the lowest of any country

7-Monsanto Company is the leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed

8-The Mesopotamians built the first simple irrigation system around 7000 B.C.

9-Bananas are the number one fruit crop in the world. They are the 4th largest overall crop, after wheat, rice, and corn.

10-The biggest producer of Apple is China, followed by the United States, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Italy, and India

11-India grows more bananas than any other country. The Philippines, China, and Ecuador are the next three top producers of bananas.

12-Farming began around 10,000 B.C. during the First Agricultural Revolution, when nomadic tribes began to farm.

13-Fruit farming began sometime between 6000 and 3000 B.C. Figs were one of the first cultivated fruit crops

14-Coffee was originally regarded as a wonder drug in Yemen and Arabia and was taken only at the advice of a doctor

15-The world’s first coffee house opened in 1475 in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul)

16-A Belgian named George Washington invented instant coffee in 1906 in Guatemala

17-The Dutch were the first Europeans to enter the coffee trade.

18-The coffee industry employs 25 million people around the world

19-Arabs were the first to cultivate coffee trees on the Arabian Peninsula

20-There are two main species of the coffee plant used to commercially produce coffee: 1) Coffee arabica, which originated in the Middle East 2) Coffea robusta, which originated in the Congo. 

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