Land grabs

Many of our undergraduate students, not least those in 1st year, are familiar with the food crisis which emerged in 2008 and continues into this year. A fundamental part of the story is the transformation in how food is produced, who does the producing, who benefits, and where those benefits go. Also important are the global inequalities that exist today; inequalities which make it feasible (and cheap) for foreign companies, governments, or individuals to purchase large areas of land in many poor countries. GRAIN, an NGO supporting local control over food production, is charting this current story of ‘land grabs‘. It’s a bitterly problematic unfolding story; worth following.

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  1. […] to be produced is by no means clear (certainly, one “solution” being pursued is to grab land). According to the giant, global, powerful corporations charged with making a profit from food […]

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