The world’s farms are disappearing.
A new study out of the University of Colorado, Boulder found that the number of farms globally will shrink in half by the end of the century.
“The most striking finding that comes out of this work is that globally…we’ll see a tipping point from farm creation to farm consolidation,” said Zia Mehrabi, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder and author of the study.
Why is this happening? One reason, the study mentions, is because there are not enough people to do farm work as people move from rural areas to cities.
The research also mentions the average existing farm will double in size by the end of the century.
My family has been farming on South Road in Clearwater county for almost 130 years. That will end in a few years when my brothers retire. The land will probably be rented to one or more younger farmers giving them larger farms that ours. Other neighbors are considering subdividing into individual homesites.
It is sad, but unless there is a cure for aging there just aren’t enough people interested in farm work these days.