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Enough food is grown in the world to provide every human with 2,700 calories per day, an amount that is more than adequate. Yet, over 800,000,000 people suffer from chronic malnutrition. There are many reasons for this, including corruption, war, political disputes, transportation and storage facilities inadequate to prevent spoilage and loss, and other reasons.

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Green, black, white, and oolong tea all come from leaves of the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The differences are the result of differences in harvesting and processing the leaves. (source)

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Not only was saffron used as an herb by the ancients, but it was also used as a perfume. Not only were halls, theatres and courts strewn with the plant, but it entered into the composition of many spirituous extracts, which retained the scent. These costly smelling waters were often made to flow in small streams, which spread abroad their much admired odour. (source)

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A peanut is not a nut. Being a member of the legume family, peanuts are more closely related to peas than to nuts. (source)

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Lobsters feel pain when being boiled alive; however, you can anesthetize them by soaking them in salt water before cooking. (source)

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Perhaps the most strange annual culinary affair was hosted by Clodius, a rich Roman actor who had one hundred birds given voice lessons at a cost of approximately $250 per bird. He then had these birds made into a pie for his guests. He then offered a drink which contained a dissolved pearl worth about one-half million dollars.

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