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Why are Carrots Orange?

The Next Nature website has a cornucopia of information about how humans have modified our foods through artificial selection, the process that partially inspired Charles Darwin to realize that nature does the same thing on its own. For example, they tell the story of how all carrots came to be orange in the 17th century to honor William the Orange by Dutch growers for founding a free Netherlands.  Before that, carrots were various shades of white, yellow, red and purple.

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