Total world land area used for food production increased 9% from 1967 to 2012

December 13, 2014

For land used to produce food, the following is included:

• "Arable land" which includes: temporary agricultural crops, temporary meadows for mowing or pasture, land under market and kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow (less than five years)

• Permanent crops: land cultivated with long-term crops which do not have to be replanted for several years (such as cocoa and coffee)

• Permanent meadows and pastures (both cultivated and naturally occurring)


1967: 4,514,723,170 hectares or 11,156,106,689 acres (11 billion)

2012: 4,919,446,560 hectares or 12,151,278,976 acres (12 billion)


[RG MATH: Percent change- (4,919,446,560- 4,514,723,170)/ 4,514,723,170 = .089 or 9% increase in total area used to produce food between 1967 and 2012]


Calculated from FAOSTAT, (World + (Total), Area, Arable land, permanent crops, permanent meadows and pastures, Year: 1967-2012; accessed October 29, 2014),

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