Relocating croplands could drastically reduce the environmental impacts of global food production

  title={Relocating croplands could drastically reduce the environmental impacts of global food production},
  author={Robert M. Beyer and Fangyuan Hua and Philip A. Martin and Andrea Manica and Tim Tito Rademacher},
  journal={Communications Earth \& Environment},
Agricultural production has replaced natural ecosystems across the planet, becoming a major driver of carbon emissions, biodiversity loss, and freshwater consumption. Here we combined global crop yield and environmental data in a ~1-million-dimensional mathematical optimisation framework to determine how optimising the spatial distribution of global croplands could reduce environmental impacts whilst maintaining current crop production levels. We estimate that relocating current croplands to… 

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