Half of the world’s habitable land is used for agriculture

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Half of the world’s habitable land is used for agriculture

Date posted: 13 November 2019

 


For much of human history, most of the world’s land was wilderness: forests, grasslands and shrubbery dominated its landscapes. Over the last few centuries, this has changed dramatically: wild habitats have been squeezed out by turning it into agricultural land.

Hannah Richie presents a blog on land use and agriculture that draws on data and research discussed in their entry on Land Use.

Read the blog here

Our World in Data presents the empirical evidence on global development in entries dedicated to specific topics. Their goal is to make the knowledge on the big problems accessible and understandable.

 

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