Agri-Stats: Feeding the World

Technology-driven agricultural intensification has been one of the most under-appreciated stories of the last half-century. Consider this:
– …Global population continues to grow, from an estimated 3.3 billion people in 1965 to an estimated 7.4 billion in 2016.
– An estimated 400 million individuals were added in the last five years alone.
Arable land [acreage] continues to shrink, from 0.88 acres per person in 1965 to 0.49 acres per person in 2013.
Daily global food consumption per capita has risen from an estimated 2,358 calories in 1965 to an estimated 2,940 calories in 2015, according to the World Health Organization.In other words, in the last half-century:
– global population…increased by 122%,
– amount of arable land per capita decreased by 45%,
– daily per capita food consumption increased by 25%.The good news is that from 1961 to 2013 we’ve been able to produce the same amount of food from 68% less land and fewer inputs.

Reposted from Facebook, September 17, 2016