The world population hit 7 billion yesterday. That's a lot of mouth's to feed. Emily Jackson put the number in perspective in Butler Ag Ambassador's blog post, which I've also pasted below.
7,000,000,000 – that’s a pretty big number!! But just how big is it?? According to CNN:
*7 billion seconds ago, the year was 1789, the year George Washington was inaugurated as the first United States President.
*If a person takes 7 billion steps around the equator (at 2 feet per step), they could walk around the Earth at least 106 times.
*Suppose there were 7 billion thimbles filled with water, they could fill up over 5 Olympic sized swimming pools.
*If 7 billion people were stacked on top of each other (considering an average height is 5 feet, including children) they could reach the moon 27 times!
*7 billion ants (at 3 milligrams each) would weigh 23 tons!!!
*And oh yeah, you share the Earth with 7 billion other people.
As many of you may have previously heard, today – Monday, October 31, 2011 – the world population hit seven billion.
Doctors and researchers are already wondering how every child’s basic needs are going to be met! Will there be food, clean water, shelter, education and a decent life? In case you haven’t heard, Mexico’s streets aren’t paved with gold and not everyone has a stainless steel kitchen sink to supply fresh, clean, running water, nor the capabilities to attend school daily and learn about reading, writing and arithmetic. Now, I can’t speak for every issue, but what I do know is food. And, that’s not just because I love to eat it, but more the fact – I produce it!!!
Now more than ever, farmers, especially American farmers are feeling the pressure to supply not only the great USA but also the world with food. And, I’d say with less than 2% of the American population in the production industry still feeding 100% of Americans….they’re doing a pretty good job!!