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Satellite mapping reveals agricultural slowdown in Latin America: UBC study
Description: For the first time, satellite mapping of Latin America shows that the continentís agricultural expansion has waned in the wake of the global economic downturn, according to Jordan Graesser, a visiting international student at UBCís Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability.
Date: 15 May 2015
Author: Public Affairs
Source: UBC

Despite rapid financial growth in global agricultural trade in previous decades, Latin America's agricultural expansion has waned across all regions in the face of the global economic downturn. Using satellite imagery, visiting international student, Jordan Graesser, created the first continental-scale mapping of agricultural changes over more than a decade.

In his research, Graesser separates agriculture into two entities - cropland and pastureland agriculture. Graesser asserts that by understanding these systems are separate, we can better understand the dynamics between the two. The study suggests that the downturn in expansion may be temporary as the global economy recovers but further research will be required.

Click here to access the UBC article.

Another article titled "62M ha of Latin American forests cleared for agriculture since 2001" has been published in

The full paper in Environmental Research Letters may be accessed as a PDF here.

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