The debate on land sharing versus land sparing is ongoing and we addressed the issue somewhat in our Agroforestry interview a while back. This blog post by journalist and author Fred Pearce highlights some of the recent years’ debate and presents evidence from various parts of the world, either in favor of sparing or sharing land. It covers discussions on how the different standpoints relate to the challenge of meeting rising food demand at the least cost to biodiversity as well as issues concerning novel forest-based farming systems (novel ecosystems being defined as ecosystems altered by humans and containing non-native species).
To read the entire post and comment the ideas brought forward, see the CGIAR blog here.
For more on this topic please also visit the FCRN Research Library collection on Land use /Ecosystems.