By Fred Pearce
“Raises complicated 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 happening around the globe. Fearing destiny nutrition shortages or desirous to benefit from them, the world’s wealthiest and so much acquisitive nations, enterprises, and contributors were procuring and leasing monstrous tracts of land all over the world. the size is fantastic: parcels the dimensions of small international locations are being wolfed up around the plains of Africa, the paddy fields of Southeast Asia, the jungles of South the United States, and the prairies of jap Europe. Veteran technology author Fred Pearce spent a yr circling the globe to determine who was once doing the deciding to buy, whose land was once being taken over, and what the influence of those big land bargains appears.
The Land Grabbers is a first-of-its-kind exposé that finds the size and the human charges of the land seize, the most profound moral, environmental, and monetary matters dealing with the globalized international within the twenty-first century. the companies, speculators, and governments scooping up land reasonable within the constructing global declare that industrial-scale farming may help neighborhood economies. yet Pearce’s study finds a much more troubling truth. whereas a few mega-farms are ethically run, all too frequently bad farmers and livestock herders are evicted from ancestral lands or bring to an end from water assets. the nice jobs promised through 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 wealthy person Richard Branson, to Gulf nation sheikhs, Russian oligarchs, British barons, and Burmese generals. we find why Goldman Sachs is paying for up the chinese language chook 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 way in which, Pearce introduces us to the folk who truly survive, and stay off of, the supposedly “empty” land that's being grabbed, from Cambodian peasants, victimized first through the Khmer Rouge and now via crony capitalism, to African pastoralists limited to ever-smaller tracts.
Over the following few many years, land grabbing may well 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 even if agrarian societies can exist outdoor company keep an eye on. it's the new conflict over who owns the planet.
From the Hardcover edition.