Demand for new cropland may top safe environmental limit - report

By Megan Rowling | Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:15 PM
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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Demand for new land to grow crops could lead to the conversion of natural areas close to the size of Brazil by 2050, potentially exceeding the level beyond which there is a risk of irreversible and abrupt environmental change, a U.N. report said on Friday.

The need to feed the planet's fast-growing population led cropland to expand 11 percent between 1961 and 2007, at ...

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