Friday, August 18, 2017

Nine Percent of Global Energy Demand is Farm Based

According to the FAO, the agri-food chain accounts for 30 percent of the world's energy demand.
  • 70% of this 30%, or 21% of total global energy demand, is from beyond the farm gate
  • 30% of the 30%, or 9% of total global energy demand, is from the farm
Note that these numbers do not include land use, and land use is important for climate modeling.

Source: Energy, Agriculture, and Climate Change (FAO PDF)

For additional reading and graphs, see Energy for growing and harvesting crops is a large component of farm operating costs from the EIA.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mrs. Leonard Gagnon at Work on Maine Farm 1942

Mrs. Leonard Gagnon at stove near Fort Kent, Maine. Photographer: John Collier. August 1942. FSA - Library of Congress.

Making soup.

Mrs. Leonard Gagnon making buckwheat pancakes 1942.

Wife of Albert Leonard Gagnon, Acadian FSA (Farm Security Administration) client, spinning domestic wool for knitting near Fort Kent, Maine.

Mrs. [Leonard] Gagnon making butter

Every Thursday a carefully selected old agricultural photo is featured here on Big Picture Agriculture — lest we forget how things used to be.