See also: North Carolina Trivia; North Carolina Food Festivals

NORTH CAROLINA FOOD STATISTICS

FARMS & FARMERS
North Carolina land area: 31,113,828 acres.
Farmland is 8,474,671 acres or 27.2% of total land.
Organic agriculture accounts for about 5,243 acres.
Number of Farms: 52,913
Principle Farm Operators:
       Men: 45,897   Women: 7,016
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data
]

POPULATION & HUNGER
North Carolina has a total population of: 9,656,401
Urban population: 6,817,364
Rural population: 2,839,037
Food insecure households*: 17.1%
Households with very low food security*: 5.8%
*Food insecurity - Limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
Very low food security - At times during the year, eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and food intake reduced because the household lacked money and other resources for food
.
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov )
(Population & Food Security data: 2011)


Sweet Potatoes

1.8 billion pounds of sweet potatoes were produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2007. North Carolina (667 million pounds) produced more sweet potatoes than any other state. It was followed by California (426 million pounds). Mississippi and Louisiana also produced large amounts: at least 300 million pounds each.
(US Census Bureau, October 2008)

An estimated 271 million turkeys were raised in the United States in 2007. The estimate for 2008 is about the same. Minnesota raised 49 million turkeys, followed by North Carolina with 39 million.
(US Census Bureau, October 2008)

According to the USDA, as of March 1, 2007 North Carolina had a total of 8.4 million market hogs and pigs, 2nd only to Iowa with 15.5 million.
 

 

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