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Time to Think About Farmland Again

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Touch the Soil News #605 (Feature photo – Shanghai, China with a metro population of over 35 million is consuming farmland on its outer edges). We all understand that civilization began in the most fertile areas and then expands out. Accordingly, a large sector of the world’s best farmland has been urbanized. Estimates are that the best farmland that has been urbanized and is about to be urbanized around mega-cities is almost twice as productive as farmland farther out. Recently, a group of scientists from Yale, Texas A&M, the University of Maryland and research institutions in Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and Austria gathered to study the loss of farmland mega-trend.…

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Checking In With American Farmland Trust

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Touch the Soil News #481 The American Farmland Trust (AFT) seeks to protect farmland, promote sound farming practices and keep farmers on the land. At the leading edge of farmland conservation, the AFT posts some interesting facts about farmland in America: Every hour, over 40 acres of U.S. farm and ranch land are lost (960 acres a day). This loss permanently eliminates land necessary to sustain roughly 1,920 people at low meat diets. Due to wind and water erosion, the nation loses 1.7 billion tons of topsoil each year. That is equivalent to watching a train with 1,700,000 rail cars (21 thousand miles long) containing topsoil leaving the farms. Seventy…

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