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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

More prisoners than farmers in the U.S.

There are more people in prison in the U.S. then there are farmers. It's sad but true.

There are over 285,000,000 people living in the U.S. The prison population in the U.S. exceeds 2 million people, meaning 1 in every 142 U.S. residents are currently incarcerated.

On the other hand, there are only about 960,000 people in the U.S. claiming farming as their principal occupation. So, there are twice as many prisoners than there are full-time farmers.

The sad truth is the number of mouths to feed in prison are growing and the number of producers meeting this need is not. This is one trend I'd sure like to see reverse in the future.

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