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Top Ten Food Crops - Answers

Top 10 Food Crops

Answer 1: F. Corn 
It’s a staple food, and it has tremendous genetic diversity and can grow in a wide range of climates.
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Answer 2: C. Wheat
It’s called the staff of life because of its importance in bread-making.
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Answer 3: J. Rice
China, Indonesia, India, and Thailand produce the majority of this crop, which grows in humid tropical climates.
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Answer 4: E. Potato
Russia and China lead in production of this starchy tuber that grows from “eyes,” dormant buds in the potato’s underground stem, rather than seeds like most commercial food crops.
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Answer 5: B. Cassava
Also known as manioc and yucca, this starchy root can tolerate drought and poor soils.
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Answer 6: D. Soybean
It’s adaptable to a wide range of soils and climates and is grown around the world.
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Answer 7: G. Sweet Potato
Often confused with the yam, this starchy root grows in tropical climates.
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Answer 8: A. Sorghum
Also called milo, it can be boiled and eaten like rice or ground into flour.
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Answer 9: H. Yam
It’s a domesticated crop in Africa, Asia, and South America, with West Africa producing and consuming most of the world’s yams.
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Answer 10: I. Plantain
It resembles the banana, but it’s starchier than its sweet cousin and is cooked before eating.
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