As well as being foodstuffs, some common crops have surprising uses.
- Facts about Nonedible Crops, for example:
- Cotton, flax and hemp are used to produce textiles.
- Borage, poppies, lavender and chamomile produce drugs and cosmetics.
- Wheat, corn and potato are used for paper, plastics and packaging.
Not all crops are grown to be eaten:
Used to produce textiles reducing our need for synthetic fabrics:
Used in construction materials:
Used in drugs and cosmetics:
Can make plastics, packaging and paper:
Can produce fuels that power vehicles reducing our need for gasoline
Next time you pass a farm remember that the crops might not be meant for your plate!