Beyond the sun, sea, and ancient
ruins lies the working landscape. Along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts,
industrial, residential and recreational land uses compete with agriculture,
pushing the orchards, fields and farmland further inland.
The bucolic rural scenery enhances
the travellers' experience and radiates with honesty and health. As the native
land of wheat, the taste of ordinary Turkish bread surpasses any other when
eaten fresh baked. The orchards, vineyards, vegetable fields grow delicate and
vibrant crops, and the cows and sheep cared for by shepherds who play the pipe
and talk their language, are as happy in their pastures as free ranging
chickens. In addition to grains, rice, cotton; sugar beets, tobacco and potatoes
are among staple crops. This diversity and abundance of food products have
contributed to the richness of the cuisine. Reforestation is an ongoing process
throughout the country. Most of the highway signage, which looks like
billboards, actually displays slogans on the benefits and sacredness of forests.
The high pace of industrialization
is evident in the factories along the highways. Active government participation
encouraged industrial modernization during the early decades of the Republic.
All the main industries including mining, manufacturing and textiles, as well as
the majority of financial institutions, were state owned and operated.