G.W. Carver

As the “Father of the Peanut Industry,” George Washington Carver developed more than 300 uses for peanuts, including chili sauce, shampoo, shaving cream and glue, to help save agriculture in the South. His humanitarian efforts were well documented and his innovations were so popular that even Franklin D. Roosevelt, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were among his many fans. 

What You Didn’t Learn in School: George Washington Carver Wrote the Book on Sustainability

You probably remember George Washington Carver from elementary school. He was the man made famous by his more than 300 inventive uses for peanuts. What you may not know is the role that his many inventions (and zeal for peanuts) played in promoting sustainability. A century since his publication on peanuts, his guide to diversifying crop rotation remains the standard for sustainable agriculture in the South, and continues to lead to new developments for improving sustainability. 

16 Surprising Facts about George Washington Carver

February is Black History Month and we celebrate George Washington Carver, “The Father of the Peanut Industry.” Here's a run down of little known facts about this famous American.

George Washington Carver

As the "Father of the Peanut Industry," Carver developed more than 300 uses for peanuts. Even Franklin D. Roosevelt and Thomas Edison were fans.

Who Invented Peanut Butter?

Contrary to popular belief, George Washington Carver did not invent peanut butter. He was one of the greatest inventors in American history, discovering over 300 hundred uses for peanuts including chili sauce, shampoo, shaving cream and glue. He was a pioneer in the agricultural world and many refer to him as father of the peanut industry. His innovations also increased the legume’s popularity and made peanuts a staple in the American diet.

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