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If you plan on buying land have a look at what nasa has to say about urbanization:

What does all this mean for the U. S.? For now, Imhoff believes that the United States still has plenty of good soil and that we are not going to run out of food anytime soon if we work to curb our urban sprawl. However, in other countries there is possibly more to worry about in the near future. "We did a similar study in China," says Imhoff. "In China, they’re also having the same trends. The best soils are being developed now with their increased economic development. But they have fewer soils to rely on." Probably the worst-case scenario is in Egypt. They have very little arable land and it is all along the Nile Delta where everybody lives. As the population in Egypt expands, people either have the choice of building on prime farmland or of moving out onto very inhospitable areas of the Sahara.

Full article: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Lights2/lights_...

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