Global land use change, economic globalization, and the looming land scarcity

  title={Global land use change, economic globalization, and the looming land scarcity},
  author={Eric F. Lambin and Patrick Meyfroidt},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={3465 - 3472}
  • E. Lambin, P. Meyfroidt
  • Published 14 February 2011
  • Economics
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
A central challenge for sustainability is how to preserve forest ecosystems and the services that they provide us while enhancing food production. This challenge for developing countries confronts the force of economic globalization, which seeks cropland that is shrinking in availability and triggers deforestation. Four mechanisms—the displacement, rebound, cascade, and remittance effects—that are amplified by economic globalization accelerate land conversion. A few developing countries have… 

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