Industrial crops are plants raised for materials used in consumer goods. Tobacco is an industrial crop, grown mostly to supply makers of cigars and cigarettes. This worker, in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras, enjoys the fruits (leaves) of her labor.

Photograph by Ian Spanier, MyShot

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Encyclopedic entry. A crop is a plant or plant product that can be grown and harvested for profit or subsistence. By use, crops fall into six categories: food crops, feed crops, fiber crops, oil crops, ornamental crops, and industrial crops.