Ancient “Snack Bar” Uncovered!

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I’m Betsy Jibben with today’s AgDay Minute.

President Trump’s signing of the new COVID-19 relief legislation will also help many farmers and producers. You see a breakdown of how the money will be spent on agriculture in this graphic from the American Farm Bureau Federation. The plan includes a 13-billion dollar package that will include money for farmers a USDA extension of the term of marketing loans, payments to livestock producers who had losses due to the pandemic as well as assistance to dairy farmers. Along with payments to producers of biofuels due to market losses.

It’s a big country for beef production but apparently, there’s a rise of vegetarians in Brazil. A new poll by a research firm shows the world’s largest beef exporter has seen a dramatic shift to more people living on plant-based diets. The poll says 30-million people, or 14-percent of Brazilians, report being vegetarian or vegan in 2018. The number has nearly doubled over a six-year period.

Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient “snack bar” in the ruins of Pom-pay. Experts say this is the first time finding a complete example of a “termopolleum” It’s a hot food and drinks shop that would serve the equivalent of ancient street food to hungry Romans. It was adorned with colored frescos depicting animals that were likely on the menu and even traces of 2-thousand-year-old food that included pork, fish, snails, and beef.

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