“From the field to your plate, farming plays a vital role in our daily lives. But how much do you really know about this important industry? Get ready to cultivate your knowledge with these 30 fascinating farming facts that will have you appreciating the hard work and innovation that goes into feeding the world.”
1-10 Interesting Facts About Farming
1. Americans spend the least amount of their income on food compared to any other country, with only 10% of their income going towards it.
2. Due to hunting restrictions, alligator meat in the United States can only be sourced from farms, where alligators are typically slaughtered for their meat, when they reach a length of 5 to 7 feet.
3. Did you know there are over 2 million farms in the United States? That’s a lot of tractors, cows, and fresh air!
4. There are approximately 2.2 million farms across the United States, and farming families make up just 2% of the total population.
5. Farmers are killing it in the productivity game. They’re producing 262% more food with 2% fewer resources (like seeds, labor, and fertilizers) than they did in the 1950s. Talk about some impressive efficiency gains!
6. Back in the day, a single American farmer grew enough food for just 19 other people. Fast forward to 2006, and that same farmer can now feed a whopping 144 people!
7. Agriculture is a major-employer in the United States, providing jobs for more than 24 million workers, which accounts for 17% of the total workforce.
8. Don’t underestimate the importance of bees, folks. These little buzzing creatures pollinate over 100 crops in the U.S. alone.
9. Plus, they’re responsible for one-third of the food that ends up on our plates. Thank you, honeybees!
10. The badass motorcycle/tank hybrid from “Saving Private Ryan” was called a “Kettenkrad.” Believe it or not, over 8000 of these babies were produced and later used for farming purposes.
11-20 Surprising Facts About Farming
11. The world population is projected to reach 9 billion by 2050, requiring farmers to double their food production to keep up with demand.
12. In California, 50% of water is pumped for environmental projects, 40% for farming, and 10% for residents.
13. Poor farming practices led to the formation of a canyon in Georgia.
14. “Box Farming,” a new type of farming, uses 1/2500th of the water used in traditional agriculture and can be implemented in urban environments.
15. A 2007 study from the University of Michigan concluded that organic farming could feed the whole world.
16. South Korea has long-term leases for nearly half of Madagascar’s arable land for farming.
17. Blackcurrant farming was outlawed in the US by Congress in 1907. It is a superfruit with 302% of your daily vitamin C per 100 g.
18. Indigenous people in the Amazon invented a “super dirt” that can remain fertile for thousands of years and propagate itself, covering up to 10% of the Amazon basin.
19. Qatar is aiming to grow up to 70% of its own vegetables by 2023 using a soil-less farming system that recycles irrigation water and has proven to be successful in harsh conditions.
20. Cotton may only occupy 2.4% of the world’s cropland, but it’s responsible for a whopping 24% and 11% of the global sales of insecticides and pesticides, respectively. That’s a lot of chemicals for one crop!
21-30 Amazing Facts About Agriculture
21. In the aftermath of the Chornobyl disaster, which made farming and forestry too hazardous, Ukraine is planning to convert the affected area into a massive solar farm.
22. In 2013, a man named Robert Newman was banned from all farms in the UK for committing a baaad act – having sex with a goat.
23. In the United Kingdom, 95% of people who buy organic food do so to avoid pesticides, despite the fact that organic farming can and does use pesticides.
24. Believe it or not, there were thriving city-states and farming communities in America back in 400 A.D.
25. Farmers from Enterprise, Alabama, erected a monument thanking the Boll Weevil for destroying their cotton crops and leading them to prosperity through peanut farming.
26. Bees are the unsung heroes of the agricultural world, contributing over $15 billion worth of pollination to crops every year. Give it up for the bees!
27. Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” campaign to industrialize China and reduce dependence on agriculture is believed to have caused catastrophic famines resulting in the deaths of over 18 million people, making it one of the deadliest mass killings in history.
28. Evidence suggests that small-scale farming existed in Israel 23,000 years ago, as uncovered by scientists.
29. Thanks to Mary Isabel Fraser, New Zealand is now the land of Kiwis! She imported the seeds from China in the early 1900s and started growing them in 1910. Now, they’re responsible for one-third of the world’s kiwi supply. Talk about a fruitful venture!
30. Over in Australia, a family got so fed up with a wheat production quota dispute with the government that they declared their land to be an independent micronation called the Principality of Hutt River. And get this: it still exists today!
That’s it for this post guys, I hope you had fun while reading 30 Amazing Facts About Agriculture.