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What is the importance of agriculture?


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March 16, 2011 6:27PM

Have you seen the bumper stickers that say, "Farming is everybody's bread and butter" on a truck or other vehicle? We all have to eat, and it's all about agriculture and what we can do with the land to maximize the production of nutritious and inexpensive foodstuffs. American farmers have traditionally been the backbone of our nation because of their ability to produce food. One American farmer feeds about 98 people these days on average. This is being done on less acres of land every year. The best of our farm land is being lost to development.

We're already seeing rising energy costs and the diversion of farm output to production of biofuel causing potential food "shortages" and riots. There is no way to overstate the importance of agriculture. No way. You have to breathe. You have to drink water, and you have to eat. Everything else falls in line behind that.

Continued food production is the most important activity on earth. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked, especially in the media and by politicians. Humans have the ability at this time to provide cheap food to every person on earth. It is only when the importance of farmers and their products are recognized that this can actually happen.