Australian Bureau of Statisics 2012 ‘The Book of a Nation’ – Did you know 52% of Australia’s total land area was used for agriculture…

The 92nd edition of the ABS Year Book Australia is full of interesting and relevant Australian statistical stories.

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Lucky we have our farmers. The ABS found that according to population projections, food production worldwide will need to increase by 70% by 2050.

There is a chapter on agriculture including two special articles, Agricultural land and water ownership and Migrant farmers, and an article in the Agriculture industry section, Organic food and farming in Australia.  In, 2009–10, approximately 52% of Australia’s total land area was used for agriculture and there were 134,000 businesses undertaking agricultural activity.

English: A honeycrisp apple from an organic fo...

Did you know… In support of the National Year of Reading, the ABS found that almost half (46%) of Australians aged 15 and over did not meet the minimum literacy skills required to confidently read a newspaper, follow a recipe or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle.

In recognition of the International Year of the Co-operative, ABS found over one billion people are members of co-operatives worldwide and those co-operatives provide over 100 million jobs around the world.

English: Stack of books in Gould's Book Arcade...

A new chapter Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people looks at health, culture, and education. They found that 50,100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged three years and over spoke an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language as their main language at home.

Over the last 50 years the proportion of the population in older age groups has increased while the proportion in younger age groups has declined.

In 2009–10, the mean value of household assets was $839,000. The mean value of household liabilities was $120,000, resulting in average household net worth of $720,000.

Life expectancy of Australian females (84.0 years) was exceeded by Japan, Hong Kong (SAR of China), France and Switzerland.

For more you can check out our Australian Year Book for free

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