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80% of tropical agricultural expansion between 1980-2000 came at expense of forests

Date : 2nd September 2010, Source : Mongabay



More than 80 percent of agricultural expansion in the tropics between 1980 and 2000 came at the expense of forests, reports research published last week in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The study, based on analysis satellite images collected by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and led by Holly Gibbs of Stanford University, found that 55 percent of new agricultural land came at the expense of intact forests, while 28 percent came from disturbed forests. Another six percent came from shrub lands.

http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0902-tropical_agriculture.html





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