The Crisis in Global Land Use

Jonathan Foley is the director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of the Minnesota, where he also leads the institute’s Global Landscapes Initiative, which focuses on the nexus of global land use, agriculture and the environment. In his October 5, 2009 article on, he talks of the global land use crisis, on par with climate change, and presents some simple, yet profound, solutions to begin addressing this issue. He addresses his fear that “we now face a global crisis in land use and agriculture that could undermine the health, security, and sustainability of our civilization”–one of the same drivers behind Bio-Logical Capital’s mission. His recommendations include “acknowledge the problem,” “invest in revolutionary agricultural solutions,” and “bridge the artificial divide between production agriculture and environmental conservation.”