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Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Uploaded on Tuesday 21 Feb 2012
Extent of cultivated systems, 2000
Philippe Rekacewicz, Emmanuelle Bournay, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
More land was converted to cropland in the 30 years after 1950 than in the 150 years between 1700 and 1850. Cultivated systems (areas where at least 30% of the landscape is in croplands,shifting cultivation, confined livestock production, or freshwater aquaculture) now cover one quarter of Earth’s terrestrial surface.