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Some Canned Facts, Figures and Arguments

  • Alan R. Bird


Whenever farming is discussed, someone will mention that one American farmer now feeds 25 or more other people. “About 30 years ago,” he might say, “one farm worker could produce only enough food and fiber for himself and nine others.” Many fanners certainly have done much to increase their production efficiency. But these figures don’t tell us how much: they are downright propaganda. Sure, they’re often used by people who don’t intend to deceive. And this fact alone should underline the need to set our thinking straight.


High Wage Steel Industry Food Surplus Industrial Worker Farm Machinery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan R. Bird
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  1. 1.Agricultural EconomicsMichigan State UniversityUSA

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