We are, and have been for a long time, ruining the "farm land" in this country with urban and suburban sprawl. This will come back to haunt us in years to come. With the advances in food production and market productivity brought about by better growing/harvesting methods and custom "plant" engineering with an eye on yield and disease deterrence, we can get more food from an acre than we did years ago.
So the farms disappear and houses/mall go up.
But sooner or later we will wish we had planted those acres in corn, beans or soy instead of building boring "Stater Mansions" for the bumper crop of Banking, Finance and Marketing Nerds that are choking our cities.
Food will be King soon.
I'm a bookkeeper's son,
I don't wanna shoot no one,
but I crossed my old man back in Oregon,
don't take me alive.