Modern Marvels

Season 15 Episode 27

Wheat

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 21, 2008 on The History Channel
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It feeds the world. See how harvesting crews brave months on the road, cutting thousands of acres, tour a pasta plant to see how special kinds of wheat becomes everything from spaghetti to rigatoni. Watch as grain is mashed into a thirst-quenching brew and finally visit a company that transforms wheat into plastic-like products.moreless
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      • The world grows enough wheat each year to fill a line of trucks wrapped around the Earth almost two and an half times.

      • More than two thirds of the durum wheat grown in the United States comes from North Dakota. The state produces enough durum wheat annually to make 13.7 billion servings of spaghetti.

      • According to the Beer Institute, brewers used more than 7.5 million pounds of wheat to make beer in 2000. By 2006 that number had nearly doubled to more than 14.5 million pounds of wheat.

      • Since 2005 an international organization has been working to sequence the wheat genome. With 16 billion bane pairs of DNA the wheat genome if five times larger than the human genome.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: It's the seeds of civilization and the sustenance of humankind. Harvested by an elaborate convoy of man and machine, so mighty it feeds millions, yet so vulnerable it depends on modern science. From bread to beer, pasta to plastic, it's a spectacular journey from the field to your dinner table. Now the untold story of Wheat, on Modern Marvels.

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