- The number of farms in the U.S. is 2.12 million farms, down
from the 2.21 million farms in 1997.
- Farm size grew from an average 431 acres to 441 acres during
the last five years with more than 939.5 million acres in the
nation is farmland.
- There are 3.11 million farmers nationwide, including an increase
in the number of blacks, American Indian, Hispanic and women
operators since 1997.
- The average age of American agricultural producers in 2002
SOURCE: 2002 Census of Agriculture, National Agricultural
Statistics Service, http://www.usda.gov/nass/
Scientists estimate that enough print, film, magnetic, and optical
storage material were produced last year to fill the Library of
Congress 500,000 times. That is equal to five exabytes (1018)
of information. E-mails alone generated 400,000 terabytes of information.
A terabyte is enough to fill up paper from 50,000 trees. Worldwide
data production has increased 30 percent annually between 1999
SOURCE: How Much Information – 2003, Peter Laymand
and Hal Varion, University of California, Berkeley, http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/research/projects/how-much-info-2003/