10 Things Americans Do That Confuse The Rest Of The World!
10 Things You Didn't Know Other Countries Get From the U.S.
America is more than just the land of the free and the home of the brave. To nations around the world, it’s a source of essentials that only a country with rich soil, a temperate climate and mighty manufacturers can provide. Read on to learn which of the Land of Liberty’s items are most wanted abroad.
The cheery yellow blossoms are native to North America. North Dakota, with its cool soil, consistent sunshine and ample planting acreage, leads the world in the flower’s production. While the Spanish government encourages sunflower growth, the country’s droughts result in an insufficient supply of the crop. Spaniards use the imported sunflower kernels and seeds as roasted and salted snacks, in bread and in sweets.
After American James Spratt created the world’s first dog treat in the 19thcentury, the U.S. has been churning out puppy chow and topping the on pet food production. In fact, in 2012, Canada’s top three cat and dog food providers, including Nestle Purina Petcare, were American companies.
California, Washington and Oregon offer the ideal mix of precipitation, warm temperatures and soil quality for hay growth. And Japan has taken notice. About half of U.S. hay shipments goes to the Asian country. Dairy farmers are the primary users, although a research project showed that other Japanese need it to fill feed shortages after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Since Tempeh, a protein-packed snack created from cooking, fermenting and forming soybeans into a patty, is an Indonesian staple, soybean need is high. But the Southeast Asian nation lacks the farmland to meet demand, causing them to rely heavily on soybean imports.The crop thrives in the Midwest’s weather and soil, and the U.S. can sell the beans for a low price.
The demand for lamb in the U.S. is low, but the opposite is true for our neighbors to the south. They serve upchuleta de cordero, or lamb chops, andmixiotes de carnero, or steamed, leaf-wrapped bundles of marinated lamb. While some Mexican farmers breed and raise their own sheep, there aren’t enough to satiate the lamb-loving country. Much of their meat comes from American-born sheep.
The good ol’ Vikings left poems and scriptures that lead many to believe that Sweden is a brew-master. In recent years, though, the U.S. began the Export Development Program, exposing domestic craft beers worldwide at festivals, trade shows and more. As a result, the Swedes opened their arms—and bars—to new, bold American flavors.
Many little islands and a whole lot of sunshine! No wonder this Caribbean country could use some help blocking rays. While China dominates the market on umbrella production, the U.S. also makes plenty. And since the Asian nation is much farther away, the shipping costs to the Bahamas are lower from this side of the world. That’s why of the Bahamas’ sun umbrella imports are American.
The U.S. takes the gold in corn production, export and trade. We make so much of it, that 15% is shipped overseas. China can’t produce it as cheaply as our nation can, but they need it for feed, starch, sweeteners, alcohols and other industrial and cooking products. That’s where we come in.
Move over, Italy. This Latin American country eats more pasta than most other nations. To make noodles, they need soft wheat flour, but the humid Venezuelan weather doesn’t permit cereal grain growth; it requires a drier, milder climate, which the U.S. has.
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