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December 10, 2006
The headlines scream of a seething Singur in Calcutta, where Tatamotors are acquiring land to set up an automotive plant. The settlement to the farmers is handsome, yet farmers ask,"What use is cash?"
The echoes of these feelings are heard in a faraway consumeristic land in a different form. America.
Americans have increased the conservation of private lands by more than 50 percent in just five years. Currently about 37 million acres of private land has been set aside as natural areas. Factors contributing to the increase in private lands conservation
include towns wanting to preserve their quality of life, state and local open space bond initiatives, and policymakers concerned about sprawl and unchecked development.
Sources: Business Standard, 10 Dec, 2006 and lta.org/census
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