Monday, December 24, 2012


Researchers say Cropland Use Now at Peak

New York--“We are confident that we stand on the peak of cropland use, gazing at a wide expanse of land that will be spared for nature,” said a trio of researchers from Rockefeller University. 

The researchers’ prediction about the planet’s ability to produce food for the next half-century or so is in contrast to some analysts who caution that hundreds of thousands of additional acres will be needed to feed the world in the future.The Rockefeller researchers based their prediction on the belief that farmers will continue to increase their crop yields at roughly the same pace as they have since 1961—1.7 percent per year.


 NPR story

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