Is China Turning Hokkaido into a Province of Its Own?

Via Asia Times, a report on China’s acquisition of land in Hokkaido: A new book whose title translates as “Is China Turning Hokkaido into a Province of Its Own?” has caused quite a stir in Japan as the author, Miyamoto Masami (宮本雅史みやもと まさふみ), who sits on the editorial board of the Sankei Shimbun, sounded the […]

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Gulf Crisis Broadens Definition of Food Security

Via the Huffington Post, a look at how the recent Gulf crisis is affecting the definition of food security: Food security has taken on a new dimension almost five months into the Gulf crisis that pits a UAE-Saudi alliance against Qatar and for which there is no resolution in sight. The UAE and Saudi Arabia […]

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Land Grabs Cause Lingering SE Asia Conflicts

Via Seed Daily, commentary on the impact of land grabs in SE Asia: Three-quarters of around 50 conflicts that have erupted in Southeast Asia since 2001 pitting mining, logging or agribusiness giants against indigenous peoples protesting land grabs are still lingering today, researchers reported Tuesday. Only six such clashes have been resolved, while others have […]

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Ranching For Water In Southwestern U.S.

Via the Las Vegas Review Journal, an interesting look at one water utility’s efforts to buy farmland to preserve the water rights beneath: After a decade on the range, the cows all start to look the same. For the Southern Nevada Water Authority, this is by design. When the wholesale water supplier for the Las […]

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Who Really Owns American Farmland?

Courtesy of The New Food Economy, an article on who really owns American farmland? We’re used to thinking of escalating rents as an urban problem, something suffered mostly by the citizens of booming cities. So when city people look out over a farm—whether they see corn stalks, or long rows of fruit bushes, or cattle […]

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Iran To Cultivate Rice In South America

Via the Iran Project, a look at Iran’s plans to farm rice in South America: Deputy Iranian agriculture minister, while pointing to imports of rice from Uruguay, said Iran had made an overseas farming plan for cultivating rice in the South American country. Houman Fathi, General Manager of International Affairs of Iran’s Agriculture Ministry, said […]

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About This Blog And Its Author
Seeds Of A Revolution is committed to defining the disruptive geopolitics of the global Farms Race.  Due to the convergence of a growing world population, increased water scarcity, and a decrease in arable land & nutrient-rich soil, a spike of international investment interest in agricultural is inevitable and apt to bring a heretofore domestic industry into a truly global realm.  Whether this transition involves global land leases or acquisitions, the fundamental need for food & the protectionist feelings this need can give rise to is highly likely to cause such transactions to move quickly into the geopolitical realm.  It is this disruptive change, and the potential for a global farms race, that Seeds Of A Revolution tracks, analyzes, and forecasts.

Educated at Yale University (Bachelor of Arts - History) and Harvard (Master in Public Policy - International Development), Monty Simus has long held a keen interest in natural resource policy and the geopolitical implications of anticipated stresses in the areas of freshwater scarcity, biodiversity reserves & parks, and farm land.  Monty has lived, worked, and traveled in more than forty countries spanning Africa, China, western Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Southeast & Central Asia, and his personal interests comprise economic development, policy, investment, technology, natural resources, and the environment, with a particular focus on globalization’s impact upon these subject areas.  Monty writes about freshwater scarcity issues at www.waterpolitics.com and frontier investment markets at www.wildcatsandblacksheep.com.