Cellular Agriculture: May Soon Destroy Farming and Save The Planet

Via The Guardian, interesting commentary on how scientists’ efforts to replace replacing crops and livestock with food made from microbes and water may save humanity’s bacon: It sounds like a miracle, but no great technological leaps were required. In a commercial lab on the outskirts of Helsinki, I watched scientists turn water into food. Through […]

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Parched Countries Tap the Nile River Through Farms

Via The Wall Street Journal, a detailed look at how oil-rich Gulf states grow crops in Egypt and Sudan to export, leaving locals increasingly dependent on imports: At the end of the world’s longest river, Ahmad Muhammad has run out of fresh water. For generations, water from the Nile irrigated wheat, rice, corn and eggplants that Mr. […]

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For Gujarat farmers, Africa Is Calling

Via the Ahmedabad Mirror, a report on Indian farmers exploring Africa’s agricultural potential: Abundance of fertile land, cheap labour and availability of water are driving farmers from Gujarat to explore Africa, which has 60 per cent of world’s agriculture land, most of the unexplored. While some farmers have already achieved great success in their ventures, efforts are […]

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Ukraine’s Plan To Sell Farmland Raises Fears Of Foreigners

Via Associated Press, a report on Ukraine’s plan to sell farmland: Most of Ukraine’s rich farmland is carved up into small plots owned by about 7 million people, like Tetiana Petrovych, the postmistress in this village west of the capital. They own the land but can’t sell it. Ukraine, which is one of the top grain […]

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Big Promises, Few Results: Chinese Farms Falter In Uganda

Via The Christian Science Monitor, a report on the performance of Chinese farms in Uganda: The first Abel Mukalazi knew of the land grab was when he saw workers erecting a barbed wire fence around the pasture where his family had grazed their cattle for half a century. He went to the police. They told […]

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UAE Investments Bear Fruit In Kazakhstan

Via Farmland Grab, a report on a UAE-based company’s plans to invest in 1000-hectare orchards in Almaty region: Phoenix Global DMCС, a transnational company based in Dubai (UAE), will invest in the project for orchards development with a total area of 1,000 hectares in Kazakhstan’s Almaty region. Phoenix Global and Kazakh Invest national investment promotion […]

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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.