Less than one-fourth of one percent of the world's agricultural
population lives and works in the U.S., while over 54 percent
of the world's agricultural population lives and works in China
and India, the two largest countries in the world.
According to FAO data,in 2000, China, with its population of
1.3 billion, had an agricultural population of 854 million people.
India's agricultural population totaled 546 million of its slightly
more than 1 billion inhabitants.
SOURCE: Daryll E. Ray, University of Tennessee Agricultural
Policy Analysis, http://www.agpolicy.org
25.8 million jobs, or about 15.6 percent of total U.S. employment
in 2000 came from farming and its related industries, the latest
year for which detailed industry-level data are available. More
than one-quarter of farm and farm-related employment came from
farm production and its closely related industries, which provide
agricultural services and inputs, and process and market agricultural
SOURCE: Bureau of Economic Analysis www.ers.usda.gov/Data/FarmandRelatedEmployment