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If everyone on the planet had a car, would we all get a parking spot? According to GRIST MAGAZINE, our appetite for cars, and roads to drive them on, is eating up cropland at an alarming rate. Although this may not be news in the United States, home to 214 million automobiles and 51.9 million acres of pavement, loss of cropland is becoming a serious problem in the developing world.

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While paving in countries like the United States and Great Britain is slowing due to “automobile saturation,” developing countries have a chance to design transportation systems that don’t depend on cars.

Read the GRIST MAGAZINE article here.