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The breadbasket or the granary of a country is a region which, because of richness of soil and/or advantageous climate, produces an agricultural surplus which is often considered vital for the country as a whole. Rice bowl is a similar term used to refer to Southeast Asia, and California's Salinas Valley is often referred to as the world's salad bowl. Such regions may be the subject of fierce political disputes which may even escalate into full military conflicts.
- 1 Classical antiquity
- 2 Africa
- 3 Asia
- 4 Europe
- 5 North America
- 6 Oceania
- 7 References
Sicily and Africa were considered the breadbaskets of the Roman Republic. Later on Egypt was considered the breadbasket of the Roman Empire. The Crimea was the source of a huge quantity of grain supplied to Greek City-States, especially Athens.
The Chaouia plain south of Casablanca has historically been the breadbasket of Morocco thanks to its fertile soil called Tirs and relatively abundant rainfall (avg. 400 mm/year).
Sichuan has been historically known as the "province of abundance" due to its agricultural prowess. The regions on the banks of the Yellow River and Yangtze River have also been known for their rich fertility.
Rice Bowl in Southeast Asia
The delta of Chao Phraya in are considered rice bowl of Thailand.
Plains of Java in Indonesia are considered the rice bowls of the Indonesia.
delta of the Mekong in Vietnam are also could be applied as the rice bowls of Vietnam
The Irrawaddy Delta in Myanmar used to be one of the most important source of rice in the region until its production declined due to various reasons, including its unstable political situation.
In the 19th century Romania was considered part of Europe's breadbasket.
The Hungarian Plains produced lots of corns and grains In the early 20th century 34% of the whole Europes corn prodoction and 11% of the European flour production was grown in Hungary.
Eastern England, particularly East Anglia, the Vale of York and South East England are considered the main crop-producing areas of the UK.
North America's Great Plains are a common breadbasket shared between Canada and the United States. In Canada the grain-growing areas are also called the Canadian prairies. Sometimes the province of Saskatchewan also known for producing a huge supplement of potash is further singled out from within this region as the main "Breadbasket" of Canada. In the United States, this region is called the Corn Belt, or (occasionally) the "Grain Belt", and it generally extends from the Canadian border between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes down through the Texas Panhandle.
The Murray-Darling Basin is seen as Australia's breadbasket, being the source of 40% of the nation's agricultural income, a third of the wheat harvest, 95% of the rice crop and other products such as fruit, wine and cotton.
When New Zealand became a British colony, the fertile lands produced food that would be shipped back to England, causing New Zealand to become colloquially known (occasionally along with Australia) as 'Britain's Breadbasket', subsequently leading to the Dunedin being the first ship to complete a truly successful transport of refrigerated meat, she was refitted with a refrigeration machine with which she took the first load of frozen meat from New Zealand to the United Kingdom.
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