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GOING, GOING, GONE!
A new analysis released by Environmental Working Group shows that 1.9 million acres of wetlands and nearby habitat, and 5.3 million acres of highly erodible land were plowed up in the United States between 2008 and 2012 to grow row crops.
Using modern mapping and geospatial technologies, researchers documented that the most dramatic loss of wetlands occurred in three states – South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota – the core of the critically important Prairie Pothole Region. Exploitation of highly erodible land is more widespread, with 10 states – Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Montana, North Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska – accounting for 57 percent of all the highly erodible land converted to cropland.
The new analysis, titled, “Going, Going, Gone!”, is a follow-up to EWG’s widely cited Plowed Under report, which was released in 2012.
See the full report here.
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