The American family farm is disappearing
1950 (Scooter was in the 7th grade)
Total population: 151,132,000; farm population: 25,058,000; Number of farms:
5,388,000; average acres: 216 (About 5 folks per farm family)
1998 (Olde Scooter was about to retire)
Total population: 275,900,000; farm population: 2,987,552; Number of farms: 2,143,150; average acres: 461 (About 1.4 folks per farm "family") I.e. In one man's work life, about 22 million folks left their farms. Huge "industrial" farms frequently have NO ONE living on the farm. Maybe a few thousand hogs or tens of thousands of chickens, or endless waves of grain - soy and corn mostly.
We sort of know all this. It just slips out of consciousness without a reminder now and then.
How America’s food giants swallowed the family farms **Thank you, Guardian; I …