1Lecture 34Horticulture, Politics, and World Affairs:Sugarcane and Plantation AgricultureHorticulture as the source of valuable commodities has had great infuence on the interaction between nations both in antiquity and the present. The infuence of the spice trade in the Ancient World and, espe-cially, in the Age of Exploration has already been covered in previous lectures. In the next 3 lectures, we will discuss 3 major tropical products: cane sugar, tea, and banana. Each has had profound effects on the relation between nations and peoples, effects that are still reverberating in the world today. SugarcaneSweetness is a naturally desired taste and human tongue receptors can distinguish sweetness, a natu-rally pleasant taste sensation, and the reason we enjoy fruits. In antiquity the main source of a concentrated sweet product was honey.Sugar (sucrose) is now the cheapest energy food. Sugarcane (Saccharum ofnarum, Poaceae) is pres-ently the most important source of sugar followed by sugar beet.
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