In Manistee, Michigan I would walk my dogs around the buildings of Morton Salt. You see, one company in that town pumped chemicals out of the ground that were in a liquid sludge. They were after the mineral Magnesium. However, that sludge was also very heavy with salt. Instead of throwing the salt away, Morton built a plant and extracted the throwaway stuff which ends up on your dining table and mine.
When we flew back from Haiti in 2004 we saw what looked like a huge square lagoon in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. What was this square shape which was bigger than two or three football stadiums? It is an area where Morton Salt gathers ocean water, evaporates it and harvests the salt.
Question: Does the Morton company know the value of good salt? Of course, it does.
Romans used salt for lots of things, like curing meat, etc. but what do we use it for here in the U.S. today? About 20% of the salt we consume in the U.S. is made into soda or soda ash. Soda is used in the manufacture of soap and glass. Chlorine products account for more than half of the salt our country uses each year. Chlorine compounds are used in the manufacture of paper, plastics, pesticides, cleaning fluids plus antifreeze and other automotive fluids.
Chlorine and soda are both ahead of salt used as a deicer; where it is applied to roads and sidewalks to melt snow and ice. Only about 6 percent of the salt consumed in the U.S. today is used as a seasoning for food. This includes both home and industrial use by food-processing plants.
Other Uses: Did you know that salt is also used in ceramic glazes, livestock feed, medicines, oil refining, refrigeration, sewage treatment, textile dyes and yes – water softening?
STOP! Look at your kitchen table for a minute. There is a glass of water. Salt was used to make the glass and soften the water that is in it. It was used to dye the tablecloth and make the glaze on the serving dish. The food on the table was processed with salt and refrigerated also using salt. The paper and plastic items on the table were manufactured with salt and the car you brought it all home in is laced with products made with salt. From the list we just read, can you think of anything you touch in life that isn’t made in some way with salt?