Large quantities of ice were harvested from frozen

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when installed in the fastest sailing clipper ships . Large quantities of ice were harvested from frozen ponds and lakes and shipped to warmer climates. As insulation improved and less ice melted during transportation, the ice trade flourished and revolutionized other industries such as the meat, vegetable, and fruit industries. The next innovative use of refrigeration was critical to the development of America. After the American Civil War (1861-1865), agriculture pushed westward .Soon farmers encountered the same difficulties the Australians had; how to transport perishable produce across long distances. ESSAY 1 2
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Food transported in the cleaner refrigerator cars calmed their fears. These cooler and safer cars also enabled the isolated regions of Texas, Arizona and southern California to develop as major agricultural areas no longer limited by distance or heat. While the ice trade was a revolution in itself, it was far from perfect. By the late 1890s, natural sources of ice became scarce due to pollution and sewage dumping. Advances in technology allowed for commercial refrigeration to be available to breweries and meat-packing businesses by the 1910s, but still no household version was available. Refrigerators were still too large (often weighing between five and 200 tons) and too expensive (costing twice as much as a new car in 1910) for either the average home cook or restaurant chef to utilize. Fast forward about 50 years and household refrigerators were being mass-produced and became a staple of the American house.
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