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Published May 03, 2010, 03:44 PM

US export numbers have decreased greatly since 1980

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Between 1980 and 2009, the world production of corn, wheat and soybeans grew by 86 percent, increasing from 926 million to 1.73 billion metric tons. During that same period, the world population grew from 4.5 billion people to 6.8 billion, an increase of 51 percent. On average, the world production of the three crops grew at a rate 40 percent faster than population.

By: Daryll E. Ray,

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