Farmland is shrinking for the first time on record

Signal of change / Farmland is shrinking for the first time on record

By James Goodman / 11 Sep 2017

Can the amount of farmland in the world really be declining?

 

Back to the wild: How nature is reclaiming farmland

IT'S AN odd juxtaposition that's starting to pop up in far-flung places around the world. Across the hilly regions of China, the scars of agriculture are being covered by a messy mix of trees and shrubs. In parts of Iran, Australia and Kazakhstan, wild animals are reclaiming swathes of abandoned pasture.



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What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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