The amount of fat and sugar intake had equally increased. Sugary breakfast cereals became very popular, and other new foods in the 20th century diet consisted of yeast, baking powder, custard powder, jelly, self-raising flour, and pickles. From what even an illiterate person can tell, these are all lists of food that are processed and controlled. With the development of food conservation methods, most of the food found in the time were tinned and packaged. Britain in 1914 was the largest consumer of tinned food.
However, the question as to how beneficial the Agricultural Revolution was to humanity remains. Some people argue that the Agricultural Revolution offered and illusion of lavish life, but at more cost than benefit. For example, Friedrich Engels, co founder of Marxism, believed agriculture the direct cause for a loss of political innocence (Noble or Savage 2). Others argue that agricultural came as a great success for the survival of the human race, and believe it to be crucially beneficial to the development of humanity. Both arguments have their flaws and strengths, however, evidence suggests that the Agricultural Revolution benefited humanity from the perspective of a larger group, but came as a deficit to humanity from the perspective of the individual human.
They carried water to their crops by hand. They made farm tools from wood and animal bones. Over the centuries, ancient farmers devised better technology. Ancient Middle Easterners learned to breed sheep to produce different colors of wool. The ancient Chinese learned how to grow more rice using irrigation techniques.
The microwave oven wasn’t originally used to cook/heat food. Perry LeBron Spencer was the man that discovered that microwave ovens could heat food. He had a candy bar in his pocket and the radar waves melted it. Further experiments showed that they could heat a lot of other foods. After this discovery they put the microwave oven on the market.
They invented the first plow, which allowed them to dig trenches. Farmers still use plows today to farm. One of the biggest farming inventions was irrigation. When the Egyptian invented irrigation, it allowed them to farm when it wasn’t rainy season. They would build trenches to hold and carry water to their crops.
The agricultural revolution paved a path for the industrial revolution to take place. After 1700, people approached the same task, but in a different manner. Making it easier to feed the population, benefit from profitable trading, and the little drastic changes. Technologies, livestock, and global economy evolved throughout the years. Corn and potatoes grew to become staple crops of Britain.
These grains allowed the first civilizations, like Mesopotamia and China to rise. While many scholars like Jared Diamond agree that the Neolithic Revolution, especially the domestication of cereal crops, allowed humans to form sedentary societies, James C. Scott found that a series of factors, like fire, agriculture, and climatic stress made sedentism possible. Although the Neolithic Revolution changed the way humans received their calories, Scott believes that fire was the catalytic technology that allowed humans to have better access to more nutritious meals (Lanchester 54). Hunter-gatherers had a diverse diet that consisted of migratory prey and birds, fish, and flora. When one food source was scarce, they could rely on another that was present (Lanchester 56).
Refrigerators have a great impact on society. It has made life easier and more efficient. It was invented in 1853 by James Harrison. He made the first ever refrigerator that had storage space and used ice to cool the air. There were many other types of refrigerators such as iceboxes, air pump refrigerators, and vapor comprehension refrigerators.
First, potato was originated from South Africa, and Spain was introduced to Europe at 1600s. People thought that potato wasn’t for human consumption at that time. However, Frederick thought the potato as the solution for food shortage and lower the price of bread. So he issued a 1774 order for his people to grow potatoes as protection against famine, but strong prejudice was against the idea and some reluctantly replied: "The things have neither smell nor taste, not even the dogs will eat them, so what use are they to us?" So he had a smart plan to change people’s mind.
Many beverages carried bacteria and enzymes that could harm consumers. This development saved many people's lives. Without this investigation beverages would not have nearly as long of a shelf life, and they would be unsafe to consume. Pasteur also worked to disprove the spontaneous generation theory, and to prove the germ theory. He realized and proved that germs were not airborne beings.