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Title: The spatiotemporal dynamics of soybean and cattle production in Brazil
Authors: Maranhão, Rebecca Lima Albuquerque
Carvalho Júnior, Osmar Abílio de
Hermuche, Potira Meirelles
Gomes, Roberto Arnaldo Trancoso
Pimentel, Concepta Margaret McManus
Guimarães, Renato Fontes
Assunto:: Soja
Produtividade agrícola
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: MARANHÃO, Rebecca Lima Albuquerque et al. The spatiotemporal dynamics of soybean and cattle production in Brazil. Sustainability, v. 11, n. 7, 2150, 2019. DOI: Disponível em: Acesso em: 04 ago. 2020.
Abstract: The expansion of agricultural frontiers in Brazil has caused substantial changes in land use and land cover. This research aims to analyze the space-time dynamics of soybeans and cattle production in the Brazilian territory during the period 1991–2015. The spatial analysis adopted the following procedures: (a) The change vector from the annual calculation of the midpoint of production; (b) mapping of the growth and acceleration rates of the two productions, and (c) mapping of the correlation between the time series of soybean and cattle. The results showed high rates of growth and acceleration for soy production in the South, Central-West and Matopiba regions. The growth acceleration rate identified the long-term deviations that characterized the effective soybean and cattle expansion areas. The results demonstrated the effects of Brazil’s soy moratorium contained soybean expansion into the Amazon region. However, as a side effect, the soybean production replaced cattle production in the savanna region, which in turn, migrated to the Amazon rainforest. Therefore, the present study highlights the importance of public policies that comprehensively understand the spatial-temporal dynamics of Brazilian agriculture to promote sustainable land-use practices.
Licença:: © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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