The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth

The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth

Fred Pearce


“Raises advanced and pressing issues.”—Booklist, starred review

How Wall road, chinese language billionaires, oil sheiks, and agribusiness are purchasing up large tracts of land in a hungry, crowded world.

An unheard of land seize is happening worldwide. Fearing destiny nutrition shortages or desirous to cash in on them, the world’s wealthiest and such a lot acquisitive nations, companies, and members were purchasing and leasing mammoth tracts of land worldwide. the dimensions is fantastic: parcels the scale of small nations are being devoured up around the plains of Africa, the paddy fields of Southeast Asia, the jungles of South the US, and the prairies of japanese Europe. Veteran technological know-how author Fred Pearce spent a 12 months circling the globe to determine who used to be doing the purchasing, whose land used to be being taken over, and what the influence of those titanic land bargains appears to be like.
 
The Land Grabbers is a first-of-its-kind exposé that unearths the dimensions and the human bills of the land seize, essentially the most profound moral, environmental, and financial matters dealing with the globalized international within the twenty-first century. the firms, speculators, and governments scooping up land affordable within the constructing global declare that industrial-scale farming might help neighborhood economies. yet Pearce’s study unearths a much more troubling fact. whereas a few mega-farms are ethically run, all too usually negative farmers and farm animals herders are evicted from ancestral lands or bring to an end from water assets. the great jobs promised via international capitalists and residential governments alike fail to materialize. Hungry countries are being compelled to export their meals to the rich, and company potentates run fiefdoms oblivious to the rustic past their fences.
 
Pearce’s tale is populated with larger-than-life characters, from financier George Soros and magnate Richard Branson, to Gulf kingdom sheikhs, Russian oligarchs, British barons, and Burmese generals. we find why Goldman Sachs is deciding to buy up the chinese language fowl undefined, what Lord Rothschild and a mythical Nineteen Seventies asset-stripper are doing within the backwoods of Brazil, and what plans a Saudi oil billionaire has for Ethiopia. alongside the best way, Pearce introduces us to the folk who really live to tell the tale, and reside off of, the supposedly “empty” land that's being grabbed, from Cambodian peasants, victimized first by means of the Khmer Rouge and now by means of crony capitalism, to African pastoralists restricted to ever-smaller tracts. 
 
Over the following few many years, land grabbing might subject extra, to extra of the planet’s humans, than even weather switch. it is going to impact who eats and who doesn't, who will get richer and who will get poorer, and no matter if agrarian societies can exist open air company keep an eye on. it's the new conflict over who owns the planet.

From the Hardcover edition.

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