Date Last Edited: 08/24/2001
Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service
In early colonial times, 98 percent of the American population farmed and 2 percent lived in villages. Today, this situation has reversed. Only 2 percent of our population farm, and the other 98 percent buy food and fiber from nearby stores and restaurant
s. The U.S. has the lowest percentage of labor force engaged in agriculture:
U.S. 2% Japan 12% Soviet Union 14% Mexico 36% Nicaragua 43% India 69% Tanzania 83%
"Over the years, you grow up thinking that the greater quality you give a customer, the higher the price. We now know that's not true. Quality drives costs down."
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