Will Increased Food Production
Devour Tropical Forest Lands?

As global population soars, efforts to boost food production will inevitably be focused on the world’s tropical regions. Can this agricultural transformation be achieved without devouring the remaining tropical ecosystems of Africa, South America, and Asia? READ MORE

 

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In the past century, the world's tropical forests have declined from 17 million square kilometers to 11 million square kilometers, largely as a result of conversion of woodlands to cropland. Global food demand is expected to double by 2050, placing even greater pressure on tropical ecosystems. In this satellite image from Brazil, the influence of roads on tropical forests can clearly be seen, as development and farming inevitably follow road construction. (Credit: Google Earth)

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