until 60s more people lived in the villages than in the towns in Poland. But Poland was the only Soviet-satellite country that had more private than government-run agriculture, so it did not need that much re-structuring after the fall of communism
Poles are the third producers of potatoes and the second producers of rye in the world. Poles eat twice as much potatoes and potato products than Germans or French
The country occupied sixth place in the world in sugar-beet, milk, and pig production.
Poles are also strong with vegetables - especially the cabbage, carrots, onions, pickles
also strong position with berries and strawberries and of course Poles are fond of picking muschrooms
Thank you most kindly for your research and presentation of these facts of Poland. It is good for such presentations to bring in to the forum educational facts such as you have brought forth. For after all, our educational years in our respective Universities not only taught us their curriculum, but how to continue to learn once entering the real world.
For this was my hope and trust after Pieter and my self presented the manner of our lives in our respective home land, others would pick up and describe their home lands just a well. Also though must my self remember that others perhaps do not depend upon their life work with research and writing respective reports for various presentations.
I never have the past opportunity to visit Poland and in this manner that Jaga presented was an educational occasion for my self.
Karl is right. I know little about Poland, but much or more about the Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg), and a little bit about France, Germany, Denmark and the United Kingdom, due to the BBC and Sky News. German news I can follow due to the fact that I can watch the ZDF and ARD chanals and on internet I like Deutsche Welle, der Spiegel Online and German audio books, newspapers and magazines, Art House movies in the cinema and on DVD, and German literature (German books in my fathers library).
I learned a great deal from your and Bonobo's Proboards Polish Culture Forums and your website Jaga. Next to that I search the internet, Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica and youtube for interesting documentaries, subjects, information and knowledge. A few real Poles are my Polish connection in Poland.