Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Fun Farm Facts and a Giveaway!

America's farmers are the world's most productive. Today, each U.S. farmer produces food and fiber for 155 people in the U.S. and abroad.


In 1940, farmers fed 19 people.
In 1950, farmers fed 27 people.
In 1960, farmers fed 46 people.
In 1970, farmers fed 73 people.
In 1980, farmers fed 115 people.
In 1990, farmers fed 129 people.
In 2000, farmers fed 139 people.
Today, they feed 155 people.

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2 comments:

  1. don't you mean 155 MILLION people?

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  2. Actually, I don't. The key is up there in the first paragraph. Each U.S. farmer feeds 155 people. I suppose the wording is a bit clumsy and confusing. Thanks for helping me clarify!

    An interesting aside--my daughter's ag textbook (copyright 2010, for goodness sake!) places the number of people fed by each U.S. farmer at 144. So either my stats are old (I believe they are 2009 stats, but don't have the source right in front of me), or the amount of people fed by each farmer is actually going back down. With the resurgence of small farms, it could very well be that the number is dropping. Dunno.

    At any rate, I'm glad you stopped by. Feel free to come back anytime. My name is Lona. :-D

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