Women have been becoming more commonplace in agriculture, but the 2012 Census of Agriculture reports that women were the principal operators of only 14% of the more than two million U.S. farms that same year. However, women produce half the food consumed in the world, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization.
Women are more common on farms in places like Africa and Asia, but the number of women in agriculture is growing in the U.S., as well, Mike Rosmann reports for the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan. The total number of farms in the U.S. dropped from 2.2 million in 2007 to 2.1 million in 2012, but the percentage in women as principal operators stayed the same.
The shift in women's roles in agriculture probably stems from the gender equality movement in the U.S., Rosmann reported.
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