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What Food Comes From North America

North America is a continent wholly within the Northern Hemisphere and almost wholly within the Western Hemisphere. It is also considered a northern subcontinent of the Americas.   It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea.
 
North America covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers (9,540,000 square miles), about 4.8% of the planet's surface or about 16.5% of its land area. As of July 2008, its population was estimated at nearly 529 million people across 23 independent states. North America is the third-largest continent in area, following Asia and Africa, and the fourth in population after Asia, Africa, and Europe.




What Food Comes From North America




Rank

Commodity

Metric Tons


1

Corn

327,879,500


2

Cow milk

95,718,800


3

Soybeans

94,950,800


4

Wheat

83,229,200


5

Sugar beet

29,568,800


6

Sugar cane

24,820,600


7

Potatoes

22,760,270


8

Chicken

17,347,215


9

Tomatoes

13,351,496


10

Rapeseed

12,979,590


11

Beef

12,812,029


12

Pork

12,380,475


13

Barley

11,530,170


13

Rice, paddy

11,027,000


15

Sorghum

8,779,280


16

Oranges

7,477,920


17

Grapes

6,847,710


18

Hen eggs, in shell

5,840,514


19

Cottonseed

5,532,100


20

Apples

4,556,737


Source:  FAOstat.org (2010)


 


**Source: Rob Cook