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The Coralville Reservoir is an Army Corps of Engineers lake north of Iowa City, Iowa, where I’m spending the week. This sign appears at a patch of restored prairie just below the dam. It explains the characteristics of prairies and reminds us that most of Iowa used to be prairies.

And it says: “Much of the United States’ farmland was once prairies, which are now used to produce such agricultural products as diet soda pop, cooking oil, crayons, and plastics.”

When I think of farm products, the first thing on my mind is diet soda pop.

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