The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth [Fred Pearce] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “Raises complex and urgent . The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth. By Fred Pearce ( Becon Press, ). By Fred Nelson. Over the course of the. What inspired you to write The Land Grabbers? Over the last few years, I became aware of this hidden revolution taking place around the world.

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I am gob-smacked by how selfish and greedy so many people are. A very informative read. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The ‘financialization’ of agricultural products is responsible for lwnd volatility in food prices that has resulted in political instability the world over as speculators are increasingly able to swing prices even while real supply and demand remain unchanging.

It was soaring food prices that fueled the revolution in Egypt which led to the overthrow of the Mubarak regime.

The Land Grabbers

Inthe World Bank came up with a figure of million acres. Pearce’s story is populated with larger-than-life characters, from financier George Soros and industry tycoon Richard Branson, to Gulf state sheikhs, Russian laand, British barons, and Burmese generals. But there are other factors too: So and So corporation or investment fund buys XXX acres of ‘vacant’ land in country X to grow soy, corn, sugarcane, rice etc.

A well-researched, informative and accessible look at important economic and agricultural issues. He has been honored as UK environmental journalist of the year, among other awards. He has been described as one of Britain’s finest science writers and has reported on environment, popular science and development issues from 64 countries over the past 20 years.


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THE LAND GRABBERS by Fred Pearce | Kirkus Reviews

He specialises in global environmental issues, including water and climate change, and frequently takes heretic and counter-intuitive views – “a sceptic in Fred Pearce is an English author and journalist based in London. Instead I found the book rather one dimensional because it just described one land grab after another, and as the stories unfolded each sounded much like the one before.

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 a damning indictment of a system organised in the interests of the few rather than the majority.

How did this process become corrupt? Over the next few decades, land grabbing may matter more, to more of the planet’s people, than even climate change. There is something so wrong when those in government can sell land in the public trust or communal lands to private interests and not be held accountable.

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

If Calvin Burgess really had good intentions, how did his plans go wrong? Very depressing but informative book.


And that is the purpose of this book. Poor ‘landless’ peasants or nomads are removed, usually by force, some of them are employed but the vast majority’s lives are destroyed or at least made worse. Chapter 3 Saudi Arabia: Making of a CEO. In Confessions of an Eco Sinneryou traced your own environmental footprint. Want to Read saving…. May 11, Brendan McAuliffe rated it liked it.

Were you shocked by the descriptions of cruel punishments and slavery-like conditions? Login Cart Advanced Search. Gulf sheikhdoms, jumpy governments worried about food security, Chinese state corporations, Wall Street and City speculators, Russian oligarchs, Gaddafi’s henchmen among many. Dean rated it did not like it Apr 06, I admit that I didnt read every chapter. Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Show 25 25 50 All.

He has reported on environmental, science, and development issues from 85 countries over the past 20 years. What other roles have foreign land grabs played in relation to those issues? Almost everyone seems to be a land grabber today. Sep 14, Robert Chapman rated it liked it Shelves: Within weeks, Oxfam, an aid agency, published its own estimate of million acres.

Well, the Chinese have an environmental movement. It is the new battle over who owns the planet.