I wonder if importing around 80 million people in the last couple of decades has anything to do with it? Ya can't deny more people = more housing needed, more water used, more pollution, more energy needing to be generated.
And every time we lose valuable farm land we are told that it's "progress". Do we really need all those huge houses and shopping malls and office buildings that replace all that land. Online shopping has largely reduced the need for a lot of retail space, and who really needs so many of these huge so-called McMansions, especially as average family size has decreased for the past half century or more. Some of the best farmland in the whole Midwest was lost during the 1970s with the building of the Fox Valley Mall outside of Chicago.
This is nothing new. Once upon a time there was a settler. he picked a spot with good water and fertile soil. he raised a family. his children married. Soon his home was a village. The village became a town. The town became a city. Soon all the good water was polluted by greedy corporations and the once fertile lands were beneath parking lots.
land that formerly was farmed is being developed for the simple reason that the nation producing far more food than we can consume and there's no real reason to complain about finding alternatives uses for surplus farmland
Bad news for everyone but there are 100s of thousands of people outside of America that are going to starve because of this.
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