Doing More With Less
Is there any reason to believe the U.S. will be able to feed the exploding world population?
Actually, by conserving resources, investing in technology and using advanced management techniques, American farmers have made incredible gains already. Just 20 years ago, U.S. farmers were feeding an average of 85 people each; today that number has jumped to 155. Plus:
- Farmers today grow five times more corn than they did in the 1930s.
- Over the last 20 years, U.S. corn production grew 80 percent, while:
- Land use decreased by 37 percent.
- Soil loss decreased by 69 percent.
- Energy use decreased 37 percent.
- Emissions per bushel decreased 30 percent.
- Growers raise 70 percent more corn per pound of fertilizer than 35 years ago.
- The average yield per acre has grown from 24 bushels in 1931 to 164 today. Contest winners have averaged over 300 bushels per acre.