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Subscribe to RSS headline updates from: An unprecedented land grab is taking place around the world. Fearing future food shortages or eager to profit from them, the world’s wealthiest and most acquisitive countries, corporations, and individuals have been buying and leasing vast tracts of land around the world.

The scale is astounding: Veteran science writer Fred Pearce spent a year circling the globe to find out who was doing the buying, whose land was being taken over, and what the effect of these massive land deals seems to be.

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

The corporations, speculators, and governments scooping up land cheap in the developing world claim that industrial-scale farming will help local economies. But Pearce’s research reveals a far more troubling reality. While some mega-farms are ethically run, all too often poor farmers and cattle herders are evicted from ancestral lands or cut off from water sources.

The good jobs promised by foreign capitalists and home governments alike grabners to materialize. Hungry nations are being forced to export their food to the wealthy, and corporate potentates run fiefdoms oblivious to the country beyond their fences. Pearce’s story is populated with larger-than-life characters, from financier George Soros and industry tycoon Richard Branson, to Gulf state sheikhs, Russian rred, British barons, and Burmese generals.

We discover why Goldman Sachs is buying up the Chinese poultry industry, what Lord Rothschild and a legendary s asset-stripper are doing in the backwoods of Brazil, and what plans a Geabbers oil billionaire has for Ethiopia. Along the way, Pearce introduces us to the people who actually live on, and live off of, the supposedly “empty” land that is being grabbed, from Cambodian pearcr, victimized first by the Khmer Rouge and now by crony capitalism, to African pastoralists confined to ever-smaller tracts.

Over the next few decades, land grabbing may matter more, to more of the planet’s people, than even climate change. It will affect who eats and who does not, who gets richer and who gets poorer, and whether agrarian societies can exist outside corporate control. It is the new battle over who owns the planet.

With the modern landgrab, the enclosure movement has attained planetary proportions and Pearce is without peer in describing the dire consequences of this ongoing human and environmental disaster. Probably the most important environmental book anyone could read right now. Fred Pearce is an award-winning former news editor at New Scientist. Currently its environmental and development consultant, he has also written for Audubon, Popular Science, Time, the Boston Globe, and Natural History and writes a regular column for the Guardian.


He has been honored as UK environmental journalist of the year, among other awards. Chapter 1 GambellaEthiopia: Is it possible for them to make a positive impact? Why or why not?

How does that distance hurt our relationship with other societies and with the environment? Chapter 2 ChicagoU.

They are in charge of a runaway train. Can you think of a viable solution to this problem? Chapter 3 Saudi Arabia: Ploughing in the Petrodollars Some nations, like Saudi Arabia, engage in land-grabbing in order to prevent a food shortage.

Are their fears of foreign dependence justified? How else could their needs be addressed?

The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth by Fred Pearce

Chapter 4 South Sudan: Up the Nile with the Capitalists of Chaos Chapter 4 highlights the vague and confusing terms in which land-grab deals are often grabbesr.

Chapter 5 Yala Swamp, Kenya: If Calvin Burgess really had good intentions, how did his plans go wrong?

What other roles have foreign land grabs played in relation to those issues? Chapter 7 Palm Bay grqbbers, Liberia: What could other land grabbers learn from this example? Chapter 8 LondonEngland: How might westerners be provided with more information about the effects of land grabbing?

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How do lanx grabs exacerbate the situation? Chapter 10 Western Bahia, Brazil: What factors decide whether or not this kind of crisis comes to be widely known and condemned?

Chapter 11 ChacoParaguay: However, he also tells the complex stories of some of the people who have caused that destruction. How do you feel about the Mennonites and the Moonies after reading his account? Why do you think Pearce shared both sides of the story? Chapter 12 Latin America: The New Lnd How did the rubber-tapping industry in South America breed such a devastating environment for its workers?

Were you shocked by the descriptions of cruel punishments and slavery-like conditions? Do you think such a thing could happen again? Do you feel that land grabs for environmental reasons are justified? Under the Shade of a Coolibah Tree In Australia, foreigners have taken advantage of droughts to buy up the land of desperate farmers. Chapter 15 SumatraIndonesia: I have had no response since.

How could these laws be better enforced? Chapter 16 Papua New Guinea: Can you think of other historical examples of traditional land rights being ignored? What circumstances make this kind of land grabbing possible?

Chapter 18 Southeast Asia: Chapter 19 Maasailand, Tanzania: Does this kind of tourism really benefit the people of Tanzania? Chapter 20 South Africa: Have your ideas changed? Is the comparison justified? The Second Great Trek Pearce writes about land grabs being carried out with no maps and no authentic leases. Why do so many land deals in Africa involve so little oversight? Who is at fault, and what are freed motives?

Were you familiar with this concept before reading the chapter? Were you surprised by Pearce’s ultimate conclusion about the practicality of biofuels? How did this process become corrupt? How do some African governments collude in and benefit from the land grabs that exploit their people? Chapter 24 Central Africa: Laws of the Jungle What were the original intentions of the carbon-credits system, and how has it been corrupted to serve the needs of land grabbers?


Chapter 25 Inner Niger Delta, Mali: West African Water Grab Water grabs are being carried out in Mali on such a scale that entire communities will be literally unable to sustain themselves. Can you imagine your own community being deprived of vital resources and receiving no aid? What makes the villages of Mali particularly vulnerable?

Chapter 26 BadiaJordan: Chapter 27 LondonEngland: Feeding the World After hearing various sides of the story, what are tred beliefs about the future of world food pearrce Do you agree with Pearce’s free that small-scale farming is the answer? What part will land grabs play in this future? Was there anything in the book that surprised you or changed your notions of this concept?

The Land Grabbers is a first-of-its-kind expose that reveals the scale and the human costs of the land grabberx, one of the most profound ethical, environmental, and economic issues facing the globalized world in the twenty-first century. Kirkus Reviews – March 1, Booklist – January 1, Gulf sheikhs, Chinese state corporations, Wall Street speculators, Russian oligarchs, Indian microchip billionaires, doomsday fatalists, Midwestern missionaries, and City of London hedge-fund slickers are scouring the globe for cheap land to feed their people, their bottom lines, or their consciences.

Chunks of land the size of small countries are exchanging hands for a song. So who precisely are the buyers–and whose land is being taken over?

I spent a year circling the globe to find out, interviewing the grabbers and the grabbed on every continent, from Jeddah, London, and Chicago to Sumatra, Paraguay, and Liberia. Almost everyone seems to be a land grabber today. My cast of characters includes super-financier George Pexrce and super-industrialist Richard Branson; Colombian narco-terrorists and Italian heiresses; an Irish dairy farmer in the Saudi desert and the recent commander of British land forces, now tilling soil in Guinea; gun runners and the couple who sold the world high fashion with the Patagonia brand before buying the wild lands of the same name.

The Kidmans and Windsors and Freed and Khashoggis and Oppenheimers are in there too–and most likely you, or pesrce least your pension fund, have a slice of the action. Some regard the term land grabbers as ,and. But it is widely used, and the subject of academic conferences.

And that peatce the purpose of this book. Others look forward to making a gred as the storm hits.