The Story of Bread

Sep 22, 2012 by

Interesting little book all about one of our favorite carbs, BREAD!

Here are a few bites to give you a feel:

“We owe everything to something else. Life is one long evolution, in the process of which none escape with their lives. But when we are really ready for a thing, we open our hands and there it is. Follow a bit. An Italian, Columbus by name, sailing from Spain, found millions of new acres. Freedom, which exists only with the well-fed, huried an old world people into a world that was new. McCormick, an American, put his reaper onto these acres. About the same time Stephenson, in England, got up steam in the “Rocket;” and Faraday, also an Englishman, harnessed electricity ready for work. There was the line-up. The world was ready. A shout— and progress was off! The business of railroads is to carry things from where they are to where they are not. And the business of the reaper was to give something worth the carrying. Railroads have been called ” empire builders ” — they carry settlers and the things they need and use into a new country, and then carry back the crops the settlers and things raise.

The reaper had to precede the railroad, just as broad acres had to precede the reaper. Much is said about the renaissance in arts and letters. Away off in the future some historian, looking for something to write about, will turn to the early years of the nineteenth century as the beginning of a renaissance of happy living — a renaissance of work and play, progress and plenty. The Greeks and Romans were long on art, but short on bread. Sit tight, else the jar of the next statement will dump you out. A modern farmer, with the practice of modern scientific knowledge, and the use of modern machines, can with three months’ labor raise as much wheat as could an old Roman had he worked ten hours a day, six days a week, for all the weeks of his three score and ten years. In the time of Nero it took four and a half days’ labor to raise a bushel of wheat; when the reaper was invented it took three hours; and in the time of Roosevelt it takes ten minutes.”

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