Friday, June 15, 2007

Fun ag/local econ. facts from July Harper's Index

  • Amount that a Colorado state prisoner is paid to work a day as a field hand at a local farm: $0.60
  • Amount the prisons are paid by farmers for each inmate's daily work: $77.20
  • Amount the USDA's Rural Development program has given in aid to distressed rural areas since 2001: $8,600,000,000
  • Amount the program has given to metropolitan areas, retirement communities, and resorts: $39,100,000,000
  • Percentage of every dollar spent at a locally owned Chicago store that is retained or recirculated in the city: 68
  • Percentage of every dollar spent at a chain store in Chicago that is: 43
  • Portion of the worldwide revenue from food retailing accounted for by ten corporations: 1/4

1 comment:

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