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* 40 million tons are required each year to fill our needs.

* Homer called it divine.

* Plato called it a “substance dear to the gods.”

* Shakespeare mentioned salt 17 times in his plays.

* Perhaps Leonard da Vinci wanted to send a subtle message about purity lost when he painted “The Last Supper”; in that painting, an overturned salt cellar is conspicuously placed before Judas.

* In ancient Greece, a far-flung trade involving the exchange of salt for slaves gave rise to the expression, “…not worth his salt.”

* Special salt rations were given to Roman soldiers and known as “solarium argentums,” the forerunner of the English word “salary.”

* Thousands of Napoleon’s troops died during his retreat from Moscow because their wounds would not heal—their bodies lacked salt.

* The human body contains about 4 oz. of salt; without enough of it, muscles won’t contract, blood won’t circulate, food won’t digest and the heart won’t beat a beat.

Without a doubt, salt is the essence of life. And Jesus said, “Ye are the salt of the earth.”