16 Feb '15, 1am

80% of agricultural expansion since 1980 came at expense of forests [6 yrs ago]

80% of agricultural expansion since 1980 came at expense of forests [6 yrs ago]

More than half of cropland expansion between 1980 and 2000 occurred at the expense of natural forests, while another 30 percent of occurred in disturbed forests, reported a Stanford University researcher presenting Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago. Holly Gibbs, formerly of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reached her conclusion after analyzing more than 600 satellite images from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and other organizations. "What we found was that indeed forests were the primary source for new croplands as they expanded across the tropics during the 1980s and 1990s," Gibbs explained. "Cropland expansion, whether it's for fuel, feed or food, has undoubtedly led to more deforestation, and evidence is mounting that this trend will continue." "This is a major c...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2009/0215-gibbs_forest_loss.html...

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