It all started with a house... Urban Sprawl, grassland and rainforest biomes

Humans build houses on agricultural land so that they can be closer to their crops. They can keep an eye on them and make sure that birds or other animals, or even humans cannot steel them. But what happens when lots of humans want to do the same thing?

What happens when we run out of room and people want to use the land for other things?

Urban sprawl leading to a competition between humans and flora and fauna... who will win? Do we need a winner?

How is urban sprawl impacting grassland function?

Grasslands, mixture of grass, clover and other leguminous species, dicotyledonous, herbs and shrubs, contribute to the struggle against erosion and to the regularizing of water regimes, to the purification of fertilizers and pesticides and to biodiversity and they all have an aesthetic role and recreational function as far as they provide public access that other agricultural uses do not allow. Grassland will continue to be an important form of land use globally, but with increased diversity in management objectives and systems used. Besides its role as basic nutrient for herbivores and ruminants, grasslands have opportunities for an adding value by exploiting positive health characteristics in animal products from grassland and through the delivery of environmental benefits.

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Created with images by Female beauty, 21 million views - "Red house in a yellow field" • Brett VA - "Field UGB Portland 2" • David A. Villa - "urban farmland" • dsearls - "2013_12_15_ewr-lax_203"

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