Thailand is not the only country in the world losing forests. Deforestation is also happening in our backyard. The real estate booming back in the day is to blame.
According to a recent map released by World Resources Institute, the top 10 Counties Losing Forest to Development in the US South. These counties “converted approximately123,000 acres of forest to development over 5 years.”
The 10 counties that are mostly located in the South, are prone to drought and putting forest at risk: Harris (Houston), Gwinnett (Atlanta), Fulton (Atlanta), Wake (Raleigh), Montgomery (Houston), Meckleburg (Charlotte), Bexar (San Antonio), Duval (Jacksonville), Jefferson (Birmingham), Cobb (Atlanta).
Forests provide so many benefits to humanity.
Just to revisit some of the benefits provided by forests, here are the 9 benefits, via CBD:
1. Forests provide food and a vast array of materials for medicinal, cultural and spiritual purposes, as well as building materials and firewood.
2. They store and purify drinking water.
3. Protect watershed.
4. Mitigate natural disasters.
5. Control erosion.
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Did you know that?
- Water covers about 70% of the Earth’s surface.
- Most of this water is undrinkable because 97% is salt water.
- Only 1% of water is found in rivers and streams.
- Approximately 1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water.
- About 6,000 children die every day from diseases.
- Most of the cities where large numbers of people live without taps and toilets have plentiful water supplies.
- Freshwater fish and other aquatic animals are considerably more imperiled than those that live on land or in the oceans.
- It takes 1,000 times more water to grow food for an individual than to meet that person’s need for drinking.
- Irrigation increases yield for most crops by 100 to 400%.
- About 70% of freshwater withdrawals are used for irrigation.
- Water withdrawals for agriculture, assuming no gains in efficiency of use, are expected to increase by 45% by 2030.
- The earth’s water is finite, but it is infinitely renewable.
From Product Water Footprint Assessments [pdf], a report by The Nature Conservancy and Coca Cola.
Interesting conversation on how farmers view sustainability. (podcast). Some got the idea, others dismiss it. This farmer from the Bootheel, Missouri, gets it. He says that “for farmers sustainability is about producing more with less.” And cutting cost is always on their mind.