Did you know?
“At one time, much of our population was involved in farming – in 1940, the average farmer grew enough food for only 19 other people. And that was pretty close to enough.”
“Today, since farmers only account for two percent of the American population, they have to work a lot harder to feed everyone – and they’re still doing a great job. In 2010, the average American farmer grew enough food for 155 other people.
Since so few of us live on farms now, those who work in agriculture feel it’s especially important that consumers learn about agriculture and where their food comes from.
Because of efficient agriculture management and production practices, American consumers are able to spend less of their disposable income on food.
- Americans spend only 10 percent of their income on food, whereas the
- French spend 18 percent,
- British spend 22 percent,
- Italians spend 23 percent, the
- Japanese spend 26 percent, and consumers in
- India spend up to 51 percent of their income on food.”
Information taken from BEEFLady at http://beeflady.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/did-you-know-fun-farming-facts-friday/
A great post that contradicts all the news coverage out there about food prices on the rise. Although food prices MAY be increasing - they are NO where near what other countries are paying for their food. So the next time you hear someone complaining about an increase in the food prices ask them if they’d rather move somewhere else where their disposable income spent on food would be almost doubled!