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Some interesting stats

June 19, 2009

* In 1790, 90 percent of the U.S. work force was involved in agriculture. A century later, it had halved to just 43 percent. Today, less than 2 percent of the U.S. labor force farms for a living.

* The Oregonian (April 24, 2009) – The average age of farmers in Oregon is 57.5, slightly higher than the U.S. average, according to the 2007 census of agriculture. That means 25 percent to 50 percent of the state’s farmland probably will change hands during the next decade. Few young people have the training, financial capital and land to step in for those who are about to retire.

* ScienceDaily (June 19, 2009) — 1.02 Billion People Hungry: One Sixth Of Humanity Undernourished, More Than Ever Before – World hunger is projected to reach a historic high in 2009 with 1,020 million people going hungry every day, according to new estimates published by United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

* LifeScience (June 15, 2009)  After more than 120,000 years trapped beneath a block of ice in Greenland, a tiny microbe has awoken. The long-lasting bacteria may hold clues to what life forms might exist on other planets. The new bacteria species was found nearly 2 miles beneath a Greenland glacier, where temperatures can dip well below freezing, pressure soars, and food and oxygen are scarce.

* The Washington Post (June 15, 2009) – Melissa O’Brien, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said seed sales in March were up 30 percent over last year, sales of vegetables and herbs plants had increased by 28 percent and sales of seed-starting supplies rose 40 percent.

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  1. June 23, 2009 8:26 pm


    Great job ladies (and good job, us, who helped the ladies … but mostly great job ladies).

    Y’know what it tastes like? It tastes like freedom.

    With a side of hot-tubbing.

    One bit of fair warning to all you other lucky beneficiaries: my greens came with a special lunch buddy, in the form of a cute camouflaged caterpillar who might have ended up as part of my meal if I hadn’t noticed the movement as I was washing the lettuce. Now he’s on my windowsill. Wouldn’t hurt ya to munch on ’em, but might be a little bitter and squirty. I think of it as a happy meal or a crackerjack box with a special prize inside!

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