America's Grasslands: A Threatened National Treasure - Balancing Grassland Preservation and AgricultureThe need to have food security has to be balanced with keeping marginal lands in native grasses for livestock grazing and for ecological purposes.
In spite of being described as a “jewel, a national treasure,” America’s Northern Plains grasslands are being threatened by increasing pressures of agriculture. The area’s subtle beauty and ecological diversity and significance have not prevented large tracts of prairie from being cultivated for crops necessary to feed the nation. The key is finding the delicate balance between protecting what remains of original grasslands to preserve the ecological benefits they provide for wildlife, as well as clean air and water, and growing the crops that produce food for people all around the world.
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Bob Dambach (Producer), Becky Jones Mahlum (Producer and Narrator), David Geck (Editor), Frode Tilden and David Geck (Videographers), Ryan Sailer (Graphics), Barb Gravel (Production Manager) and Bob Dambach (Executive Producer)
“America’s Grasslands: a threatened national treasure” Prairie Public (2010)