A new USDA report notes that while American farmers are putting less land and human labor into farms, farm production has skyrocketed thanks to better farm equipment, pesticides, fertilizers, and new plant varieties.
American farmers, who were once inefficient generalists, are now highly efficient specialists with farms and equipment customized to maximize production and profit.
|Poultry and egg production outputs have skyrocketed.|
|Labor and land use have steadily declined, returning farm to fallow and forest.|
Of course, past performance does not guarantee future growth, but with dramatic advances in genetic engineering, look for more production of even better foods from even less land in the future.