Global Consequences of Land Use

  title={Global Consequences of Land Use},
  author={Jonathan A. Foley and Ruth S. DeFries and Gregory P. Asner and Carol Barford and Gordon B. Bonan and Stephen R. Carpenter and F Stuart Chapin and Michael T. Coe and Gretchen C. Daily and Holly K. Gibbs and Joseph H. Helkowski and Tracey Holloway and Erica A. Howard and Christopher J. Kucharik and Chad Monfreda and Jonathan A. Patz and Iain Colin Prentice and Navin Ramankutty and Peter K. Snyder},
  pages={570 - 574}
Land use has generally been considered a local environmental issue, but it is becoming a force of global importance. Worldwide changes to forests, farmlands, waterways, and air are being driven by the need to provide food, fiber, water, and shelter to more than six billion people. Global croplands, pastures, plantations, and urban areas have expanded in recent decades, accompanied by large increases in energy, water, and fertilizer consumption, along with considerable losses of biodiversity… Expand
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