You probably remember George Washington Carver from elementary school. He was the man made famous by his more than 300 inventive uses for peanuts. What you may not know is the role that his many inventions played in promoting sustainability.
February is Black History Month and we celebrate George Washington Carver, “The Father of the Peanut Industry.” Here's a run down of little known facts about this famous American.
As the "Father of the Peanut Industry," Carver developed more than 300 uses for peanuts. Even Franklin D. Roosevelt and Thomas Edison were fans. In 1916, he published the research bulletin, “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it For Human Consumption.” Growing peanuts contributed to the sustainability of farms, in part because peanuts naturally add beneficial nitrogen to the soil.
Contrary to popular belief, George Washington Carver did not invent peanut butter. He was one of the greatest inventors in American history, discovering over 300 hundred uses for peanuts including chili sauce, shampoo, shaving cream and glue. He was a pioneer in the agricultural world and many refer to him as father of the peanut industry. His innovations also increased the legume’s popularity and made peanuts a staple in the American diet.
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