Currently, Brazil has 330 million* hectares of arable land, of which 52% is used for livestock, 26% is idle land, and 22% is used for agriculture. Only 1.4%* of all arable land in Brazil is used for ethanol production, and ethanol consumption for the production of I’m green™ bio-based polyethylene represents around 1.7% of total ethanol production, or 0.02% of Brazil's arable land. The availability of land, combined with the possible intensification of livestock farming, makes Brazil a country with room for agricultural expansion. Even in a very optimistic scenario of growth in the production of chemicals from renewable sources, land use for the production of non-food products is likely to continue to represent a small percentage of the total land available. With specific regard to land management for sugar cane production, in the state of São Paulo, where 50%* of the country's sugar cane is grown, legumes are used to fix nitrogen in the soil during crop rotation. As a result, 15 to 20% of sugar cane producing areas are used to grow soya, beans and peanuts, supplying the food market. For more details, visit the website of the Sugar Cane Industry Association (UNICA) at
*Source: IBGE, Conab and UNICA. Data compiled by ICONE and UNICA.