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...there are roughly 200,000 varieties of animal pollinators in the wild, most of which are insects?[1]
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...the theoretical maximum cereal yield per year in the tropics amounts to 66,138 pounds (30,000 kg) per hectare?
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...the Roman writer Columella, amongst other works, wrote a twelve-volume book about agriculture, de re rustica?
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...the highest recorded kale, grown by a farmer in Australia, was more than 6 feet (2 m) high?
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...Some kelp species can grow about 1 foot (30 cm) per day?
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...with plant tissue culture it's possible to grow a complete plant out of a single plant cell?
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...that Big Max pumpkins are not really pumpkins?
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...wheat was a key factor enabling the emergence of city-based societies at the start of civilization because it was one of the first crops that could be easily cultivated on a large scale, and had the additional advantage of yielding a harvest that provides long-term storage of food?
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...some kinds of raw beans, especially red and kidney beans, contain a harmful toxin (lectin phytohaemagglutinin) that must be destroyed by cooking? A recommended method is to boil the beans for at least ten minutes; undercooked beans may be more toxic than raw beans.[2]
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...the indigenous Gunditjmara people in Victoria, Australia may have raised eels as early as 6000 BC? There is evidence that they developed about 100 square kilometres (39 sq mi) of volcanic floodplains in the vicinity of Lake Condah into a complex of channels and dams, that they used woven traps to capture eels, and that capturing and smoking eels supported them year round.[3][4]
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...the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) is the largest and oldest sustainable woodland system in America, is internationally recognized, and meets strict third-party certification standards?
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  1. ^ US Forest Department: Pollinator Factsheet
  2. ^ "Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins Handbook: Phytohaemagglutinin". Bad Bug Book. United States Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  3. ^ Aborigines may have farmed eels, built huts ABC Science News, 13 March 2003.
  4. ^ Lake Condah Sustainability Project. Retrieved 18 February 2010.