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Whiskey is the product of fermenting a barley mash, then distilling it and aging it in oak barrels. That is just as true now as in the 20th and 19th and 18th centuries. Yes, the scale of production is eased by modern automation and technology, but the scarcity of modern quality oak is as great a factor in the price of oak barrels as the reduced craftsmanship ...


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I have read someone referred to phenomena such as this as the American anti-pattern[1]. He asserts that in the US, an initially slight advantage to a particular group tends to be exploited. The exploiting group uses this to reinforce itself. Even though this later causes a problem, the group already has a strong advantage and can use their influence to ...


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This is a really complicated question. I will try to be brief. In order to discuss corn its relevant to discuss other major crops. The reason is that farmers choose to grow things that will compliment another thing to prevent soil erosion and lower costs. In North America, fields are often planted in a two-crop rotation with a nitrogen-fixing crop, often ...



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