Population growth led to destruction of 1,220 square miles of FloridaStaff writer ▼ | March 21, 2015
In the 2000 - 2010 decade, Florida's 30 urbanized areas sprawled out and destroyed 1,220 additional square miles of surrounding farmland and natural habit, according to a study by NumbersUSA.
NumbersUSA study Is it ethical to build on good farmland?
Polling found most Floridians unhappy about the cost to agriculture of accommodating nearly 3 million residents added to the state during 2000-2010.
When asked, 71 percent said "it is unethical to pave over and build on good farmland" compared to 14 percent indicating "the need for more housing is a legitimate reason to pave over farmland."
The study found that 96% of the elimination of surrounding farmland and natural habitat was related to extra demand by new residents. Population growth in Florida's urbanized areas accounted for 1,171 square miles of the lost open spaces according to the study. ■