The word cereal is derived from ceres, the Roman Goddess of grain. The common cereal crops are rice, wheat, corn, oats and rye. The term cereal is not limited to these but also flours, meals, breads and alimentary pastes or pasta. Cereal science is a study concerned with all technical aspects of cereal. It is the study the nature of the cereals and the changes that occurs naturally and as a result of handling and processing.

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Uses of corn

Most of the corn crop is used for animal feed, but considerable amounts are used to produce corn starch, corn syrup, and the various sugar derivatives.

Food and industrial use for corn other than ethanol production is projected to rise over the next decade. Use of corn for high fructose corn syrup, glucose and dextrose increase at less than half the rate of population gain, limited by consumer dietary concerns and other changes in tastes and preferences.

The leaves of the corn plant remain excellent forage that serves as feed for draft animals. The colorful kernel can be used in mosaics, as seen in folk art pictures and paintings.

The technology for transforming corn into alcohol is well established and quite respectable. Chicha and alcoholic beverage made from fermented corn, played an central role in the ceremonial and social life of Andean peoples before contact with the Old World.
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