Agricultural Overshoot

In order to meet growing demands for grain for both animal feed and biofuels, agriculture is being pushed out into our least productive lands. According to the UN, one-third of the world’s arable land is used to grow livestock feed. Forests are cleared and burned, grasslands converted, steep hillsides plowed, and wetlands drained in order to increase the global harvest of grains. This comes at a great cost: the loss of essential habitat for wildlife, the degradation of soils through erosion, and our diminished ability to pass on the very foundation of productive agriculture—clean water and healthy lands—to the generations that come after us.

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