There was an interesting message posted today concerning bio-fuels and the
"food/fuel/fiber" debate... It reminded me of another SANET message posted
several months ago that stated that agriculture makes up 40% of primary
production on earth. Is this accurate ? I would like to know the current
break-down of this total production. What are the major categories ? The
following categories came to mind: Human food (plants and animals destined
for human consumption), animal feed (pets, work animals...), bio-fuels,
non-fuel chemical feed stocks, fiber, construction materials, residues
returned to soil... How does today's breakdown compare to the past ? How
does the break-down vary between developed and developing countries ?
American agriculture vs. other industrialized countries ?
Just how should our agricultural pie be divided ?