Bill and Melinda Gates’ Empire of Dirt

Via Mother Jones, an article on how wealthy investors are snapping up large tracts of farmland—and sowing discontent: Bill Gates, in his journey from software oligarch to philanthropist, has managed to hang on to a personal fortune worth $127 billion, making him the globe’s second-wealthiest person. As his wife Melinda French Gates’ divorce from him proceeds, it […]

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Kazakhstan Bans Sale of Agricultural Lands to Foreigners

Via The Diplomat, detailed commentary on Kazakhstan’s recent decision to ban the sale of agricultural lands to foreigners: Last week, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed into law a bill proposed earlier this year that bans the selling and leasing of agricultural land to foreigners. With the law, Kazakhstan’s leaders hope to put aside public concerns about Chinese investors scooping […]

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Pakistan’s ‘Biggest Land Grabber’

Via Eurasia Review, a report on who some call Pakistan’s ‘Biggest Land Grabber’: Pakistan army’s insatiable hunger for land is no secret. Infact it’s so pronounced that it even found prominence during the 2007 lawyers’ protest against Gen Pervez Musharraf’s decision to remove Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, when protesters carried banners proclaiming ‘Ae watan ke […]

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Kazakhstan: Ban On Foreign Landowners

Via Eurasianet, a report on Kazakh plans to impose a permanent ban on the sale and lease of agricultural land to foreigners: Kazakhstan is on the cusp of imposing a permanent ban on the sale and lease of agricultural land to foreigners. It is a rare victory for grassroots campaigning, but may be a blow […]

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Bill Gates: Largest Private Owner of U.S. Farmland

Via The Guardian, an article on Bill Gates’ private ownerships of U.S. farmland: Bill Gates has never been a farmer. So why did the Land Report dub him “Farmer Bill” this year? The third richest man on the planet doesn’t have a green thumb. Nor does he put in the back-breaking labor humble people do to grow […]

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Does Japan Need to Control Land Purchases by Foreigners?

Via The Diplomat, an article on a debate over the national security implications of foreign land ownership in Japan: In recent years, the Japanese government has sought to draft and enact new legislation to regulate the acquisition and use of Japanese land with implications for national security. Currently, there are no Japanese laws or regulations […]

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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 and frontier investment markets at