argylesock says… Here’s a summary of where food comes from and how it feeds people. My fellow blogger Janina highlights some of the interesting numbers. I notice that rice (Oryza sativa) is a staple food for more than half of the world’s people. I wish this infographic referred to malnutrition, but its focus is on how much food people eat instead of whether people’s diets are adequate.
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The FAO has just released a new infographic showcasing some of the facts and numbers its statistics unit, FAOSTAT, regularly collects. Some of the numbers that stand out to me:
- More than 840 million people worldwide are undernourished.
- Compare that with the fact that the average annual food supply per person is 147 kg – that should be enough to feed everybody?
- Poultry makes up over 80% of livestock, cattle is only at 6% (I wonder whether this is by headcount or by weight?)
- 1 in 3 people worldwide work in agriculture.
- 80% of the food consumed in developing countries is produced by smallholders.
- 60% of child labor occurs in agriculture 😦
What numbers are you surprised by or do you find interesting?