The amount of farmland is decreasing dramatically not only locally, but nationwide and we need the help of a conscious and informed public. Every minute of every day, about two acres of farmland are lost to urban sprawl. That, on average, is about 1.05 million acres per year.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, urban sprawl is the spreading of urban developments, such as houses and shopping centers, on undeveloped land near a city. With the human population increasing, their desire for more land is increasing also. Homes can easily be built on lots as small as one-half acre. Today, many homes are built on five to ten acre lots, wasting valuable farmland. Farmland is becoming extinct!
Furthermore, every year it is estimated that seven species of animals are lost due to the expansion of humans. Animals are losing their habitats as humans build new homes and industry while abandoning the old. With humans moving into animal territories, it is no wonder populations of animals appear to be growing.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently created a program that pays state and local governments to buy easements to protect farmland from urban development. This is just one step in the direction of saving our precious farmland.
With everyone’s help in saving land and reducing land waste, we just might be able to make an impact on the deadly clutches of urban sprawl.