The 20 Most Significant Food & Drink Inventions Throughout History

The 20 Most Significant Food & Drink Inventions Throughout History

Cambria Bold
Sep 18, 2012

Here's a question to ponder: when considering the long history of food and the many ways we now cultivate, cook, and control it, what are the top innovations that come to mind? An eminent group of Fellows from the UK's Royal Society recently named the Top 20 most significant inventions in food and drink. Can you guess what they are?

The tools and inventions in this list were ranked according to four criteria: accessibility, productivity, aesthetics, and health, according to The Atlantic. Here are the Top 10:

  1. Refrigeration
  2. Pasteurization / sterilization
  3. Canning
  4. The oven
  5. Irrigation
  6. Threshing machine/combine harvester
  7. Baking
  8. Selective breeding / strains
  9. Grinding / milling
  10. The plough

Check out the full Top 20 list and read more about each invention at The Atlantic.

Read More: The 20 Most Significant Inventions in the History of Food and Drink | The Atlantic

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