The Intersection of Conservation and Agriculture
Do you plan on munching on a sandwich at your Earth Day picnic? Perhaps the tomatoes on that sandwich will have been grown in a local garden or even – if you live in a warm climate – your own.
The Earth is patchwork of gardens, too. In fact, all the land on Earth currently being farmed is equal in size to South America. And the land currently being grazed by the world’s livestock is the size of Africa.
Two continents of land devoted entirely to meeting our food needs – amazing, right?
Now look forward. The world population is expected to reach 9 billion. To continue to have enough to sustain us, we will need to double our food production.
But we don’t have two extra continents waiting to be planted. Agriculture has to get smarter. We have to grow twice the amount of food on roughly the same amount of land. That means using land more productively and water more efficiently. View a slideshow that highlights where The Nature Conservancy works to strengthen the intersection of food and conservation.
The Nature Conservancy is working with the world’s food growers – from large companies to local farmers – to keep soils healthy and water quality high.
[Image: Roadside and produce stand in California. © Melinda Kelley]