**If land for soy were diverted to cereal, cereal cropland would have grown 15.5% instead of 4%**

February 11, 2015

The following are Giulio's calculations from FAOSTAT

FOASTAT Crops. World (total) Area Harvested (Ha)

Soybeans

1970: 29,522,510

2012: 106,625,241

%Change: +261%

compare to cereals:

FOASTAT Crops. World (total) Area Harvested (Ha)

Cereals

1970: 675,465,050

2012: 703,122,729

%Change: +4%

If the increase in cropland devoted to soy were diverted to cereals, between 1970 and 2012 cropland for cereals would have grown 15.5 % instead of just 4%

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Explanation of calculation:

1)Find difference in Soy from 1970 to 2012 of total area harvested (77,102,731)

2)Add it to cereal's total area harvested in 2012 (703,122,729 + 77,102,731 = 780,225,460)

3)Find percent increase in new cereal totals between 1970 and 2012 (780,225,460 - 675,465,050 = 104760410 / 675,465,050 = 0.15509 x 100 = 15.5%)

Calculated with the data from FAOSTAT