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Earth Day 2014: Massive destruction of U.S. open space from immigration policies continues

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  by  Roy Beck

Our latest study on sprawl -- "VANISHING OPEN SPACES: How an Exploding U.S. Population Is Devouring the Land that Feeds and Nourishes Us" -- tells a sad tale of woe for the nation's farmland and natural habitat. In just the eight years from 2002 to 2010, over 8.3 million acres (approximately 13,000 square miles) of farmland and natural habitat succumbed to the bulldozer's blade. That is an area larger than the entire state of Maryland -- cleared, scraped, filled, paved and built over -- in less than a decade.