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1 READING 35-1 Source: H. Hobhouse. 1986. Seeds of Change: Five Plants that Tranformed Mankind. Harper & Row, New York. Tea & the Destruction of China In the 1770s a Mr. Twining, head of a fi rm of tea importers which still carries his name, wrote a pamphlet in which he claimed that there was a village near London whose primary product was material for adulterating tea. The village produced 20 tons of this material a year, and sold it to the trade at half the going price of tea itself. The adulterants were “ash leaves, collected by children and boiled in a copper with sheep’s dung. The mixture is then trod upon to exclude the water, dried, and carefully roasted till the product resembles tea leaves .... For scented teas of a fi ner nature, the children are set to collect elderberry fl owers, which are dried and roasted and sold at twice the price .... 1 More generally available, and more generally used, even in the memory of people still living today, were iron fi lings. The fact that adulterants were
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