Population growth and land loss

Regarding the article "Tracts Gobble Up US Produce Basket," Feb. 19: The destruction of the best agricultural land is continuing here in the Mesilla Valley of New Mexico and in many other places.

The population of the world is increasing at a rate of 90 million per year. Covering the best farmland with houses and roads is inappropriate. To preserve important resources, population growth must be reduced. Steven C. Hill, Las Cruces, N.M.

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