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The complex unseen network that underlies modern society

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Yesterday I posted an article that describes the intricacies of bringing a new and better wheat to commercial production: The article described the various stakeholders who had to learn about it and buy into it: the agronomist researcher, the farmers, the grain mills, and the bakers.

It’s easy to see how the Dunning-Kruger effect is common: modern society is so complex that, other than few areas we know, there are vast regions of knowledge and practice of which we are totally ignorant.

Here’s another piece on breads and flours from the blog Fraine. Consider this passage:

All agricultural machinery used by the farmers who work with Les Moulins is equipped with a chip that constantly analyzes data during sowing, hoeing, fertilizing, and harvesting. That chip makes it possible to determine the quality of the protein in each part of each field so that overfertilizing is never an issue. Every element is measured and controlled at every stage. The origin of each grain delivery can be pinpointed not only to the individual farm but almost to the individual furrow. Blends are made on the basis of the percentage of gluten (which is not necessarily the same as the percentage of protein) and the aptitude of the flour to produce the desired dough characteristics. What’s more, by managing changes in wheat characteristics, it is now possible to develop a wide range of aromas from floral to coffee. The baker can choose the ones that will become his or signature once he/she applies to the flour his or her knowledge of the fermentation process by varying acidity and temperatures levels. He/she can pick different blends for different breads.

Written by LeisureGuy

14 October 2019 at 8:39 am

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