Sprawl Consumes 585,000 acres of Farmland in Ohio
Thanks to Kevin Leeson at the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission weblog for pointing out this depressing fact:
The National Resources Inventory, conducted by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, shows that every state lost farmland between 1982 and 2007. Ohio had the second-highest amount of prime agricultural land converted to developed land, losing 585,100 acres from 1982 to 2007.
That’s all the more senseless when you consider Ohio’s population has been essentially stagnant over the last few years. For those who wonder where everyone from Ohio’s cities went, check your local cornfield-turned suburban subdivision.
What a frustrating waste of resources, both urban and rural.
According to Kain Benfield at the Natural Resources Defense Council, the country loses one acre of farmland per minute.