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Urbanization claims 186,000 sq. miles of fertile cropland

Due to rapid urban area expansion, some 300,000 sq. km of particularly fertile cropland will be lost by 2030.

A team of researchers from institutions around the world, including the University of Maryland, determined that by 2030, expanding urban areas worldwide will swallow up fertile cropland equal to nearly twice the size of Florida, adding pressure to an already strained global food system.

The researchers estimated that the area of land that stands to be lost through urbanization — more than 186,000 square miles, or nearly 300,000 sq. km — could produce enough food to provide

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