This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Report on the culture, by Wm. McMurtrie, Chemist to the Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C. Published by the Commissioner of Agriculture.
The student of history knows how hard it is to get a people out of the beaten way. One of the greatest blessings to France is the beet sugar industry. Sugar from the beet was known for hundreds of years, but no amount of attention to it led to its universal culture. At length England to punish France put an embargo on West Indian or cane sugar. Napoleon's government set to work with the beet, and beet sugar manufacture rose to the dignity of an established institution. We are not quite in as bad a situation here; but a very small portion of our territory is adapted to cane sugar culture. We are dependent on other countries for the bulk of what we use. There is no doubt but we could make sugar just as well and just as cheap from the beet. The only way to introduce it is by continuous effort in keeping the facts before the people. Individuals cannot do it. It is a legitimate task for the nation, and it is to the credit of General Le Duc that he sees the importance of the subject, and what is the real mission of the government in regard to it. Advantage was taken of the Paris exposition to instruct the chemist of the Department to look closely into everything relating to the subject, and the present publication is the result.
The chemistry, culture, machinery, all receive attention.