Pollinator Habitat Reclamation
408 Million Acres (2007) Below are the Big 4 crops that together made up 63.5% (259.2 Mil. Acres)
Soybeans occupy 73.8 Million acres and 32% is Livestock Feed
Hay (Alfalfa) occupies 55.7 Million acres and 100% is used for live stock feed.
Wheat occupies 45.7 Million acres and I couldn’t find out how much is fed to Livestock but the European Union in 2007 fed about 42% of their wheat to livestock so possibly we used a similar number but am not sure.
788 million acres (2007) of land is grazed accounting for 42% of our land space excluding non-arable Alaska land (375 million acres). Yellowstone National Park is only 2.2 million acres.
Our Collective Metropolitan Diet Shapes the Rural Landscape
That would spell the end of loosing keystone species like the Eastern Puma, the end of such high greenhouse gas emissions from industrialized agriculture, and the end of having conversations about pollinator species decline etc. etc. Even if you have no land to garden, divesting from the meat and dairy industry while supporting awareness raising efforts around ecology is an action potentially more powerful than a garden itself in the big picture view. Volunteering to remove invasive species in metropolitans is also a big impact action, as one study found 82% of invasive woody plants were brought here for horticultural use, and most horticulture (landscaping) is concentrated in our metropolitans which consequently are breeding grounds for invasive plants. In the midwest, I've noticed the further one drives away from a metropolitan, the less invasive plants are present, and then as you approach the next metropolitan, invasive plants increase.
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Written by Solomon Gamboa of Pioneer Landscapes LLC