Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday Fun Farm Facts and a Giveaway!


U.S. consumers spend just 10% of their disposable income on food each year, while those in other countries spend much more.
  • Japan -- 14%
  • China -- 32%
  • Philippines -- 38%
  • Jordan -- 43%
  • Pakistan -- 50%
Of the 10% of disposable income Americans spend on food each year, 58% is for food eaten at home and 42% is for food eaten away from home.


I've been posting these Friday Farm Fun Facts off and on since the end of March of this year. One of my goals for this blog is to educate the general public about agriculture, both by showing the big picture and by showing the life of one farm family.

In honor of the almost 6 months of Facts, I'm hosting a giveaway. I have to give away four copies of "Food and Farm Facts" a magazine sized publication (with poster!) from the Farm Bureau. From their site:

32-page book with poster. Charts/graphs with facts about today’s agriculture; food costs, consumption and safety; ag terminology; and historical highlights. America’s Bounty poster shows production areas including the commodity belts (corn, cotton, soybeans, rice, etc.).

This would be suitable to use in a classroom, either traditional or homeschool, or for personal edification. I would like for these to make the rounds. So if you're going to use read this for your own enjoyment, please think about how you could pass it on (leave it in a doctor's office or the tire shop for others to read).

Please read over the guidelines below and decide if you would benefit from entering:

1) This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, and closes at 5:00 p.m. EST on September 25th. I will choose 4 winners on the evening of the 25th and post the names on the 26th.
2) Comment below and tell me how you would use the publication.
3) For additional entries, tweet or advertise this in some other on-line way, and comment here so I know you did it.

That's all, folks! Thanks for reading my blog.


  1. I'd use the publication to share with my friends and family who are going through a buy-local transformation. Many of my peeps and I are looking to buy more food from local farmers!

  2. We joined a CSA this year to get all organic fruits and vegetables delievered to our door. Our children love eating food from "their" farm. I would use the publication to show them where certain foods come from and why we feel it's important to support our local agriculture.

  3. What a great idea! We would definitely use this in our homeschool and then pass it on. Seems like a great unit study opportunity that would lend itself perfectly to every subject. Having grown up in the city I know how urban and suburban living tends to build a community of mega consumers. We miss the beauty of producing and growing; I want my kids to have a vision that sees beyond a grocery store shelf.

  4. I would use in my homeschool classroom with my children and then with my 4h kids. We love this kind of thing! Then, I would pass on to other 4h clubs.


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