|Production takes many forms and is a vital key to keeping the world's economy afloat and more importantly keeping the human race alive by producing enough food supply to feed itself.|
Agriculture is a major contributor to world production. In fact, grain production has increased by over 70% since the mid 1960's. Wheat, maize, oats, rice, potatoes, soya, millet, cassava and sugar cane/beet are the main staple crops from which the human race feeds itself every day. Rice production is confined to Asia, whereas potatoes are grown throughout the world. Over 600,000 tonnes of rice are produced every year and around 382,000 tonnes of potatoes, making them very important sources of food for the world's population.
Minerals are an incredibly valuable natural resource and are mined throughout the world and traded likewise. South Africa produces 23% of the earth's gold per annum. Mexico is the world's largest silver producer, mining 18% of the world's annual silver haul. Australia produces 31% of the world's total diamond supply each year. Big metal producers include China, USA, Chile, Canada and Russia.
Japan, China and the USA are huge producers of steel. Japan is also one of the leading producers in automobiles and ship building. South Korea also produces a lot of cars, along with Germany and France.