A Review of Recent Land Use Change Driven by Sugarcane Expansion in Brazil

T. Hernandes, A. Walter, M. Galdos & M. Cunha
One of the controversial aspects of adopting biofuels as a global warming mitigation strategy is the land use change (LUC) due to the expansion of feedstock production. Thus, the LUC due to the sugarcane expansion in Brazil in 1996-2012 was evaluated, using national statistics and remote sensing data. In this period, soybean was the major crop regarding expansion (13 Mha), while the cattle density increased from 0.86 to 1.08 heads per hectare in 1996-2006, which...