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Peanut Butter’s Many Inventors
American Magazine, by Edward Tenner

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Posted By:EagleBlurst, 8/22/2014 11:24:49 AM

How have so many people come to love peanut butter? Experts aren’t sure how long it takes to develop the taste, but to many people it’s a formative childhood memory. One notable fan, William F. Buckley Jr., called it “absolutely congenital.” Like many other prepared foods, though, peanut butter is not a traditional homemade product that was merely industrialized in the 19th century, like jelly or bread. Instead it developed decade by decade, shaped by innovations in chemistry, marketing, distribution, and even packaging. And its popularity shows both the power and limits of intellectual property. Some design historians have credited the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Democracy First, 8/22/2014 11:50:47 AM     (No. 9976455)

Not a mention of George Washingto Carver, the inventor of peanut butter. Those in the article made improvements to it, but GWC is the man. But these days, praising a black man who was educated and worked hard is somehow racist, because he must have been " ackin´ white," by being such a genius. Crappy article.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Vingoombatz, 8/22/2014 12:01:37 PM     (No. 9976476)

It´s a poisonous bean, and I wish it was not sold as food. Anybody know how many people die each year from ingesting it?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: horacer, 8/22/2014 12:04:17 PM     (No. 9976480)

Kroger makes a great natural peanut butter, peanuts and salt, that´s it. It takes a while to stir it because the oil separates, but it´s so good.

I agree that at least a mention of George Washington Carver would have been nice. He was also a Christian raised by a White Southerner. We have to keep that quiet.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MeiDei, 8/22/2014 12:20:24 PM     (No. 9976516)

Wondering about the absence about Carver I did a search. Wikipedia has a very good write-up but dispels as "legend" Carver´s peanut butter invention since the Aztec´s made it centuries before.

I had always believed that Carver asked God to show him all there was now in the world & to which God replied: "little man let me tell you all about the peanut..."

His life is much more fascinating via Wikipedia.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kiwinews, 8/22/2014 12:23:18 PM     (No. 9976521)

Thanks for posting this fascinating article. I never would have seen it otherwise. Follow the links too for the story of a forgotten American illustrator. Love stuff like this!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: grampus, 8/22/2014 1:10:16 PM     (No. 9976584)

I studied about G.W. Carver and his accomplishments....in a White southern school, and decades before Black studies, Black History week/month, etc., etc.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 8/22/2014 1:21:05 PM     (No. 9976603)

Must be a mutant: can´t abide peanut butter (or beets). Also learned about G.W.Carver in elementary school.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: NYBruin, 8/22/2014 1:23:51 PM     (No. 9976610)

Without peanut butter, life itself would be impossible! (For many of us!)

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Japanorama, 8/22/2014 1:41:51 PM     (No. 9976650)

Millions survive because of peanuts are a cheap source of protein and calories.
You would deprive millions to save fewer than 100 Americans who die from peanuts.
That´s hysterically illogical.

From Wikipedia:
Only 150 people (children and adults) die each year from all food allergies combined.
[Only about half are due to peanuts.]

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 8/22/2014 1:50:27 PM     (No. 9976676)

´´Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan.´´ Don´t confuse me with facts, my mind is made up. GWC was the inventor in his century in this country.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: tank, 8/22/2014 1:53:42 PM     (No. 9976685)

...and then, one day, a guy name Reese introduced it to chocolate...

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Reply 12 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 8/22/2014 1:59:03 PM     (No. 9976697)

back in my hippie-dippie days I tried making PB - it was great if you ate it immediately; otherwise it turned into cement...

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