Land of the Lost
Due to rapid erosion, land area is decreasing at an alarming rate. Between the years of 1982 and 2007 the nation has lost over 41 million acres of rural land. To put it in perspective, it's "an area about the size of Illinois and New Jersey."
This erosion is significant because over 90 percent of this erosion has occured on prime farmland soil which is used to produce food and crops. The states with the biggest losses include Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, California, and Georgia. This is very significant because we need to do what we can to ensure that no more land will be lost due to erosion. Does this mean sustainable farming practices? Or maybe new fertilizers used for genetically modified foods? At this time, we're not really sure what to do.
While soil erosion has been reduced by 43 percent in the past 25 years, we however do need to look for ways to increase sustainability in order to continue to keep our farmlands producing food for our nation.
What ways do you think farmlands can best be preserved? Do you think the topic is receiving enough attention so that a difference can be made?
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