Wild bees are disappearing from many major agricultural areas across the United States, including California’s Central Valley, the Midwest’s corn belt and the Mississippi River valley. To help examine the problem. University of Vermont (UVM) researchers have created the first national map of bee populations.
With the world growing increasingly warmer, experts have estimated that we are actually due to gain a great deal of farmland, even if the crop yield that that land could see may actually decrease. However, finding this land so that it can quickly be put to use remains a challenge. Now, two new global maps may provide some help in the search for fresh farmland.
Trying to feed the world's ever growing human population without further straining Earth's resources seems like an impossible challenge. But a new study maintains that by focusing efforts to improve food systems on a few specific regions, existing cropland could feed as much as three billion more people while also reducing agriculture's environmental footprint.