It would not be an overstatement to say that salt is one of the greatest discoveries in the history of mankind. Just imagine how tasteless our food would have been had salt not been discovered. Apart from adding flavor to our food, it is also an essential ingredient for the health of both man as well as animals, provided it is taken in the right quantities. Salt is also used by the food processing and meat packing industries as a seasoning or preservative ingredient.
The commodity has always been instrumental in the building of communities and societies, as man normally built his settlements around the sources of salt. At one point of time, salt was also used as a currency.
Today, there are many countries around the world that are working hard to extract salt so that we can enjoy our food to the fullest. Some of these are producing enough salt to replenish the requirement of the entire world, while others are producing just enough to support their own populace.
According to the British Geological Survey, China is the top salt producer in the world. In 2014, salt production stood at a whopping 64,338,000 tonnes metric in the country. The United States of America produced 44,100,000 tonnes metric of salt and occupied the second position, and India, finishing a distant third, produced 27,637,100 tonnes metric of salt in 2014.
Other countries that made it among the top ten salt producing nations’ list were Canada, Australia, Germany, Mexico, Chile, France and the Netherlands, where the production of salt in 2014 ranged from 14,169,536 tonnes metric to 6,500,000 tonnes metric.
Countries that produced more than 1,000,000 tonnes metric of salt in 2014 included Peru, Bangladesh, Thailand, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Romania, Egypt, Poland, and the United Kingdom, to name a few.
So, the next time you take your meal and add a pinch of salt to make it more delicious, do share a thought for the numerous salt workers around the world due to whom our food tastes so perfect.
(Data sourced from British Geological Survey)
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