Biofuel rush is wiping out unique American grasslands – environment – 18 February 2013 – New Scientist

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Planting more crops to meet the biofuel demand is destroying grasslands and pastures in the central US, threatening wildlife

Duane Tilden‘s insight:

[…] The rate was fastest in South Dakota and Iowa, with as much as 5 per cent of pasture becoming cropland each year.


The trend is being driven by rising demand for the crops, partly through incentives to use them as fuels instead of food.


The switch from meadows to crops is causing a crash in populations of ground-nesting birds. […]

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