When we hear about how agriculture is changing the way we live and work, the conversation quickly turns to the agricultural sector.
But is this the right sector for your business?
And what are the big challenges and opportunities?
As part of our In The Kitchen series, we are looking at the industry in the UK and looking at some of the big issues and opportunities.
Agriculture has been a major driver of the global economy for decades.
It has contributed £30.5 billion to GDP and has been the main driver of job creation in the country since 2008.
But with an expected 3.4 billion people by 2050, it is also facing an unprecedented challenge: the agricultural workforce.
This is the number of people who work in the sector, in the same role, as a full-time employee, but with the added responsibility of caring for a family of four.
The UK’s agriculture sector has been growing rapidly in recent years, with the UK’s crop yields expected to reach their highest levels since the 1930s by 2060.
But what is the industry and why are so many people doing it?
What is the impact of agriculture on the environment?
And is it really possible to make more money in agriculture?
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According to the UK Agricultural Research Agency, there are around 1.3 million jobs in agriculture, with 1.4 million in the food industry.
This includes: 1,000 to 1,500 people in the meat and poultry industry, and a further 1,300 to 1 and 1.5 million people in farming, forestry, fishing and hunting.
This puts agriculture as the seventh largest sector of the UK economy and accounts for over 20% of the country’s total GDP.
The food industry is also the second largest employer in the world.
More than a third of all jobs in the U.K. are in the agricultural industry, accounting for over 60% of all employment.
This compares to less than 20% in other sectors, such as healthcare and tourism.
In the last decade, agriculture has been hit hard by the economic downturn, and the agricultural industries have been hit hardest.
But it is a tough job to lose.
According the Office for National Statistics, there were 6.6 million people working in agriculture in 2014-15.
However, this was down by nearly 30,000 from 2009-10, when there were more than 22 million people employed in the farming sector.
The decline in the number employed has also been a drag on the economy overall.
A 2015 survey by the Office of National Statistics found that, for the year to June 2019, the agricultural jobs market had lost more than 2.7 million jobs.
This was despite the fact that in 2017-18, the number unemployed in agriculture was almost the same as in any other sector.
With so many jobs being lost and so many being unemployed, the overall number of employed and unemployed is now over 40 million people.
In some sectors, especially in the beef and pork industries, it has been even worse.
In 2015, beef was the fastest growing sector in the British economy, with annual growth of 2.2%.
In the pork industry, the sector grew by just 1.9%.
In 2019-20, pork is predicted to grow by 5.3% compared to last year, and beef by 3.6%.
As well as this, many other sectors of the food and drink industry have also been hit by the downturn in the economy.
These include dairy, fruit, vegetable, eggs and fish, and more.
In terms of the impact on the UK, a 2015 study by the University of Reading found that the overall UK food industry lost 716,000 jobs in 2019-19.
Of this, more than 200,000 were in the dairy sector, with over 120,000 in the fruit and vegetable industry.
But in terms of how agriculture affects our environment, it can have a big impact.
A recent study from the UCL Environment Institute has shown that, across the U