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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...

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