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Global Land Rush

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fred Pearce, author of the new book The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth, reports on how food shortages and price spikes are leading speculators and agribusiness interests to buy up vast tracts of land around the globe.

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Fred Pearce

Comments [8]

phayes from Aberystwyth

So the pseudoskeptics pointed out to the climate scientists the size of the 'error bars' they'd calculated and drawn on their own graphs, did they?

&_&

http://www.nature.com/climate/2009/0905/full/climate.2009.41.html

Jun. 26 2012 11:48 AM
oscar from ny

To jgarbuz
Strawberries????...are you kidding?
their evil in the land is relentless..

Jun. 26 2012 11:48 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Continued rapid urbanization is inevitable. Successfully moving billions off the land and into cities is ultimately better for both the earth and its people. The more the world continues to be interwoven in trade, the more people have to move into cities.

Jun. 26 2012 11:42 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

The population of sub-Saharan Africa has grown from some 100 million in 1900 to roughly 800 million today, in just over a century. Estimates are that there may be 2 billion by 2050.

Jun. 26 2012 11:39 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Are the kind of human rights & environmental abuses committed by corporations in the past (prime example: Shell Oil in Nigeria) any more or any less likely when they, or gov'ts. or individuals, buy the land?

Jun. 26 2012 11:37 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Oscar

Zionists liberated barren and abused Jewish land, and taught the world, including many Africans, how to turn both swamps and arid desert land into gardens, despite the fact that Jews had not been farmers for nearly 2000 years. They even taught Palestinians how to grow strawberries in the dessert.

Jun. 26 2012 11:32 AM
Sheldon from Sheldon

African leaders feeling guilty? Yeah right. How much of this land being sold is via corrupted means?

Jun. 26 2012 11:31 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

There's something very sinister about this scenario.

Jun. 26 2012 11:30 AM

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