​67  Interesting  Facts  about  Farming VISIT  RANDOM HISTORY (41-50)

41)  Robert  Newman  was  banned  from  all  farms  in  the  United  Kingdom  in  August  2013  for having  sex  with  a  goat.

42)  Although  only  2.4%  of  the  world’s  crop  land  is  planted  with  cotton,  it  accounts  for  24%  and 11%  of  the  global  sales  of  insecticide  and  pesticides,  respectively.

43)  People  living  near  factory  farms  often  suffer  from  headaches,  nausea,  and  respiratory  distress  due  to  the  effects of  factory  pollution.  Factory  farms  are  those  that  pack  hundreds,  thousands,  and  sometimes  millions  of  cows,  pigs, chickens  into  the  farms.

44)  In  2012,  U.S.  farms  and  ranches  spent  $329  billion  to  produce  $388  billion  in  goods.

45)  The  United  States  exported  $136  billion  in  farm  goods  in  2011,  with  a  $37  billion  trade  surplus.

46)  Americans  spend  10%  of  their  income  on  food,  which  is  the  lowest  of  any  country.

47)  The  world  population  will  jump  from  7  billion  to  9  billion  by  2050.  Farmers  will  need  to double  food  production  by  then  to  keep  pace.

48)  For  every  $1  spent  on  food,  farmers  get  less  than  12  cents  for  the  raw  product.

49)  The  word  “farm”  is  from  the  Old  French  ferme,  meaning  to  “rent,  lease,”  and  the  Latin firmare,  “to  fix,  settle,  confirm,  strengthen.”

50)  The  phrase  “fetch  the  farm”  is  prisoner  slang  from  at  least  1879  for  “get  sent  to  the infirmary,”  where  there  is  a  better  diet  and  not  as  much  hard  labor.

For facts: 1-1011-2020-3030-40.

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