30 Ways Agriculture Feeds the World

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Agriculture Feeds

With over 7 billion people in the world eating food, agriculture works hard to feed the world. To celebrate National Ag Week (March 18-24, 2018) and National Ag Day on March 20th, we found 30 ways Agriculture feeds the world. 

Agriculture Feeds the World

1. 40% of today’s global population works in agriculture, making it the single largest employer in the world.
2. Approximately 56% of agricultural production worldwide comes from family farms. 
3. About 97% of U.S. farms are operated by families, family partnerships, or family corporations.
4. Farming employs over 24 million American workers (17% of the total workforce).
5. In 2006, the average American farmer grew enough food for about 144 people. To compare, in 1940, the average farmer grew food for about 19 others.
6. Livestock farming employs 1.3 billion people. 
7. About 34 million cows are slaughtered in the U.S. each year.
8. A steer yields about 450 lbs. of edible meat.
9. The average American consumes over 55 lbs. of beef a year. 
10. There are over 800,000 ranchers and cattle producers in the U.S.
11. Pork accounts for over 42% of total meat consumed, making it the world’s most widely eaten meat.
Agriculture Jobs - Ag Jobs of the week on AgHires12. The average dairy cow produces 7 gallons of milk a day, 2,100 pounds of milk a month, and 46,000 glasses of milk a year.
13. Each American consumes almost 25 gallons of milk a year.
14. The number one fruit crop in the world is bananas.
15. American eat 19 pounds of apples annually, compared to 46 pounds consumed annually by Europeans.
16. The average American eats 4 pounds of mushrooms per year. The Chinese eat about 22 lbs. a year. 
17. The top 4 crops worldwide are wheat, rice, corn, and bananas. 
18. Americans eat an average of 31 lbs. of tomatoes a year.
19. 1 in 3 acres of crops is planted for export.
20. There is about 1.5 billion hectares of global cropland.
21. In 2010, over 37% of the world’s land was considered agricultural land, while approximately 10.6% was used for crop production.
22. It takes a combine 9 seconds to harvest enough wheat to make 70 loaves of bread.
23. A family of 4 could live for 10 years off the bread produced by one acre of wheat. 
24. Farmers grow corn on every continent except Antarctica. 
25. One acre of potatoes will produce 52,000 servings of French Fries.
26. China is the largest producer of eggs, with 160 billion eggs per year.
27. About 280 million chickens lay eggs in the U.S., with each one producing about 250 to 300 eggs a year.
28. In the U.S. roughly 60% of eggs produced are used by consumers, while 9% are used commercially.
29. The average American will eat about 85 lbs. of chicken a year. 
30. A person will eat an average of 35 tons of food in his or her lifetime, or about 1,500 lbs of food a year. 

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Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Senior Marketing Manager at AgHires. Karyn enjoys learning and discovering new ways to help job seekers and clients to reach their goals. AgHires helps agricultural and food production companies find the employees they need to run a successful business.