Monday, February 01, 2010
Global Farmland Grab
A BBC article reports that people in Kazakhstan are protesting a proposal to lease farmland to China. But attempts to lease or buy farmland in other countries didn’t start in Kazakhstan. The global farmland grab has already started. Of course this is a form of neo-colonialism, and that’s bad enough, but there’s an aspect to this that is even more alarming: When a country or its corporations try to obtain farmland in other countries, that is an admission that they don’t have enough farmland at home to feed their inflated populations, or in the near future will not have enough.