Agriculture in Costa Rica

Agriculture across the world

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What is Agriculture?

Agriculture is the science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products.

About the USDA

An acronym standing for the United States Department of Agriculture; it supports almost everything having to do with agriculture including education, food assistance, and food safety.

The USDA's mission statement is to "provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management."

Agriculture in Costa Rica vs. USA

Costa Rica vs. USA

Costa Rica

  • agriculture makes up about 6.5% of Costa Rica's GDP and 14% of the labor force
  • Population est. 4,695,942
  • Government: Liberal Democracy; constitutional republic
  • 20.3% poverty level as of 2012
  • University of Costa Rica's Department of Agricultural Engineering is similar, but not as influential and powerful as the USDA
  • Education is broken up into three stages; primary, which is education available for all children in the country between the ages of 6 and 13, secondary, which can be academic(5 years) or technical (6 years), both of which let the students acquire a high school diploma upon graduation which allows them to receive tertiary education at a University.
  • The average gross national income is $6,810
  • 1.82 children born to each woman
  • 70.5 percent of the population identify themselves as Roman Catholics (with 44.9 percent practicing, 25.6 percent nonpracticing), 13.8 percent are Evangelical Protestants, 11.3 percent report that they do not have a religion, and 4.3 percent declare that they belong to another religion


  • Population est. 316,668,567
  • Government : Federal Republic
  • 16% poverty level as of 2012
  • USDA monitors food safety and protects farmers
  • 88% of school-age children attend public schools, 9% attend private schools, and nearly 3% are homeschooled. Public education is available universally throughout the United States with control and funding from the state, local, and federal government. There are four levels of education in the united states: Elementary, Junior High, High school, and university/college.
  • The average gross national income is $47,390
  • 2.5 children born to each woman
  • The majority of Americans (73–80%) identify themselves as Christians and about 15–20% have no religious affiliation. According to the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) (2008) 76% of the American adult population identified themselves as Christians, with 25% identifying themselves as Catholics, and 51% identifying themselves as Christians spanning some 30 religious groupings. The same survey says that other religions (including, for example, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism) collectively make up about 4% of the adult population, another 15% of the adult population claim no religious affiliation, and 5.2% said they did not know, or they refused to reply
  • Humane Society of The United States