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
 

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