By Dana L.;McEwan, B. Hoag
In Agricultural situation in the USA, subject matters of significance to the energy of America's farms are completely tested comparable to the pollutants of groundwater, the lack of caliber farmland to city improvement, nutrients defense, natural world impression, animal welfare, fiscal problems dealing with farmers at the present time, executive coverage, and lots more and plenty more.A wealth of tables, graphs, and different statistical info helps the textual content, so readers may possibly objectively assessment the location.
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However, prices paint only part of the economic picture. 6 times more productive in 1992. 6 times more commodity value per dollar of input on each acre. 6) to earn as much today as they did in 19101914. " This increase in productivity explains how farm output prices that are not very different from 10 or 20 years ago can support farmers when their input prices are substantially higher. Wealth Farm wealth is also very healthy compared with the rest of the country. On average, farmers have a net worth exceeding $350,000, compared with under $100,000 for an average citizen in the United States.
1992). S. Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). The weight of evidence, however, contradicts these two studies (Browne et al. 1992). Four other studies by the OTA, for example, found no evidence that social and economic well-being are associated with farm structure. Regardless of whether farming is or is not the "backbone" of America, there are many reasons to continue to support agriculture. Perhaps we are shifting from a society that sympathizes with farmers because we envy their lives to a society that cares about farmers because it is in our own self-interest.
Currently, only 10 percent of our economic activities provide those things that are necessary for our biological or physiological survival (Powers 1996). The rest is devoted to attractive but discretionary phenomena. We have cheap and abundant food, plus a lot of other things that make our lives better. We would have less of these discretionary items if we had to spend more time producing food. Abraham Maslow introduced a hierarchy of needs, which orders our needs from most to least important. Our first and most important needs are physiological.