Grasslands Losing Out to Soybeans and Corn

argylesock says… You might want to follow the link to The Salt blog. It’s about food in the States.

Natural History Wanderings

The NPR blog The Salt recently reported on the loss of grasslands to farms fields for soybeans and corn. Between 2006 and 2011 the U.S. midwest saw the conversion of 1.3 million acres of grassland to soybean and corn crops. Grasslands provide habitat for wild animals, from ground-nesting birds to insects, including bees. Major factors influencing the loss of native grasslands are:

  • corn and soybean prices are high
  • government subsidizing private insurance for poor harvests
  • decreased funding for the government Conservation Reserve Program, which pays farmers to protect wildlife and water quality by keeping land in grass.

To learn more go Pictures Don't Lie: Corn And Soybeans Are Conquering U.S. Grasslands : The Salt : NPR

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Grasslands Losing Out to Soybeans and Corn

  1. EqFe says:

    I did look into The Salt, and saw and article I thought that you would find interesting about the mislabeling of fish in US markets and restaurants. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/02/21/172589997/one-in-three-fish-sold-at-restaurants-and-grocery-stores-is-mislabeled

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