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Old 06 April 2017, 02:21 PM
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Indiana seems to have a bit of an image problem compared to their arch rival Illinois, but Legos are forever.



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Old 06 April 2017, 10:35 PM
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Hmmm.

There were even fewer farmers than there were people who disliked icecream.

Hope some of those kids grow up and turn into farmers, or everyone else may start to go hungry.

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Old 07 April 2017, 01:33 AM
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Maybe farmers were too busy actually working to take the survey, instead of sitting around wasting time on the computer at work like I was.
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1/3 of those answering do work at schools. That seems to stress dfresh's point - or at least explains over what kinds of accounts the survey went viral.
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Old 07 April 2017, 06:06 AM
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Old 07 April 2017, 04:28 PM
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Maybe farmers were too busy actually working to take the survey, instead of sitting around wasting time on the computer at work like I was.
Well, my fields have been either too snowy or too soggy to work in.

Not that I don't have other things I ought to be doing --
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Hope some of those kids grow up and turn into farmers, or everyone else may start to go hungry.
I thought there were a surprising number of farmers, but it is only 3.3% of respondents. I wonder if that's representative of the population in general? In the world as a whole, there are probably still more subsistence farmers than that as a percentage, but in the West I'd not be surprised if that was about right.

I'm in a minority on quite a few things, but at least most of the world agrees that Lego is good.
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Old 10 April 2017, 04:50 AM
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According to the Internet of Stuff, it's less than 1% in the US.
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Old 10 April 2017, 12:50 PM
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It's actually a major problem, because (at least in the US) a high percentage of farmers are in our fifties or older.

There's a huge push on among both conventional and organic farming groups, and state agriculture departments, to try to recruit, train, and assist young farmers.
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Old 10 April 2017, 01:32 PM
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In Canada, according to Stats Can, only about 2 % of the population is involved in farming and that group is composed mainly of older farmers as well, Thorny. I know of a number of young farmers in my area though who have only recently gotten into farming, mainly organic farming, so maybe there is starting to be a small shift back to the land.
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Old 10 April 2017, 02:31 PM
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I'm in a minority on quite a few things, but at least most of the world agrees that Lego is good.
The rest don't own shoes?
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Old 11 April 2017, 01:01 AM
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In Canada, according to Stats Can, only about 2 % of the population is involved in farming and that group is composed mainly of older farmers as well, Thorny. I know of a number of young farmers in my area though who have only recently gotten into farming, mainly organic farming, so maybe there is starting to be a small shift back to the land.
Four of my wife's brothers are farmers, youngest is 49.

But given that more Canadians are in cities than ever before, the number of farmers is going to be considerably smaller, relatively speaking.

The one stat that I like and heard recently is that in 1867, during Confederation, a farmer working his land fed, on average, 19 people. 150 years later, in 2017, a farmer working his or her land feeds, on average slightly over 254 people. Quite a jump given better crops, animal care, techniques and equipment, and farm size.
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Old 11 April 2017, 01:02 PM
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Plus, of course, a massive infrastructure supplying tractors, attachments for them, other powered implements, and the fuel for all of that; not to mention the fertilizers, which are now in most cases mined and/or factory produced, and shipped long distances before and after; and a food delivery system which is now in the habit of moving tomatoes from California to New York when they're in season in New York.

The interesting thing about statistics is often what they're leaving out.
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