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Michael Pollan
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Omnivore

This term is a creature that eats both plants and animals as primary sources of food.

C4

This term is the botanical nickname for a group of plants, including corn, which create compounds during photosynthesis that have four carbon atoms.

Heterosis

This term refers to plants that have better yields than either of their parents.

Ammonium nitrate

This is the main ingredient in making explosives, and also a prime source of nitrogen for plants.

New Deal Farm Programs

These were an attempt by the government to create a grain reserve. For commodities that can be stored, the government established a target price based on costs of production. If the market price dropped below that amount, the farmer could either choose to sell his corn on the market or take out a loan against his corn from the government. If the corn prices did not rise, he could...

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