By Fred Pearce
“Raises advanced and pressing issues.”—Booklist, starred review
How Wall road, chinese language billionaires, oil sheiks, and agribusiness are procuring up large tracts of land in a hungry, crowded world.
An extraordinary land seize is occurring world wide. Fearing destiny nutrition shortages or wanting to benefit from them, the world’s wealthiest and such a lot acquisitive nations, firms, and members were deciding to buy and leasing massive tracts of land around the globe. the dimensions is amazing: 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 jap Europe. Veteran technological know-how author Fred Pearce spent a 12 months circling the globe to determine who was once doing the purchasing, whose land was once being taken over, and what the influence of those enormous land bargains appears to be like.
The Land Grabbers is a first-of-its-kind exposé that finds the size and the human charges of the land seize, probably the most profound moral, environmental, and financial matters dealing with the globalized global within the twenty-first century. the firms, speculators, and governments scooping up land affordable within the constructing global declare that industrial-scale farming can assist neighborhood economies. yet Pearce’s study finds a much more troubling truth. whereas a few mega-farms are ethically run, all too usually negative farmers and livestock herders are evicted from ancestral lands or bring to a halt from water assets. the great jobs promised by means of international capitalists and residential governments alike fail to materialize. Hungry international locations are being compelled to export their foodstuff 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 rich person Richard Branson, to Gulf nation sheikhs, Russian oligarchs, British barons, and Burmese generals. we find why Goldman Sachs is purchasing up the chinese language chook undefined, what Lord Rothschild and a mythical Seventies asset-stripper are doing within the backwoods of Brazil, and what plans a Saudi oil billionaire has for Ethiopia. alongside the way in which, Pearce introduces us to the folks who truly continue to exist, and stay off of, the supposedly “empty” land that's being grabbed, from Cambodian peasants, victimized first by way of the Khmer Rouge and now through crony capitalism, to African pastoralists restricted to ever-smaller tracts.
Over the following couple of a long time, land grabbing might topic extra, to extra of the planet’s humans, than even weather swap. it's 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 watch over. it's the new conflict over who owns the planet.
From the Hardcover edition.