Climate Change Will Alter Where Many Crops Are Grown

Via The Economist, an article on how climate change will alter where many crops are grown, likely introducing new tensions over arable land: Tom Eisnehauer remembers driving through Manitoba, a province in central Canada, more than a decade ago. Surrounding his car were fields of cold-weather crops, such as wheat, peas and canola (rape). Dense […]

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In Fertile Ukraine, A 20-Year Freeze On The Sale Of Farmland Is Lifted

Via Radio Free Europe, a report on Ukraine’s decision to lift a freeze on the sale of farmland: For small farmers in Ukraine, a traditional “breadbasket” that boasts some of the world’s richest soil, there’s something new under the sun this summer: They can sell their land if they want to. Liliya Sytnyk doesn’t. Like […]

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China is Coming for American Farms

Courtesy of Newsweek, more commentary on China’s growing interest in American farmland: While Washington’s growing focus on “great power competition” with China is expanding to encompass things like research and development, semiconductors and manufacturing, so far it hasn’t seriously addressed one element: American land. At the expense of American landowners, farmers and companies, Chinese corporations have […]

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President Biden, Keep China Away From American Farmland

Via The American Conservative, commentary on how – like communications technology – agriculture and land are a major front in China’s quest for economic dominance: Is Joe Biden weak on China? Millions of Americans certainly think so. With TikTok and WeChat, two spy tools favored by the Chinese regime, still operating in the U.S., President Biden could […]

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China Is Buying Up American Farms, and Washington Wants It To Stop

Via Politico, a look at how China is buying up American farms and US politicians want it to stop: The push to drain China’s influence from the U.S. economy has reached America’s farm country, as congressional lawmakers from both parties are looking at measures to crack down on foreign purchases of prime agricultural real estate.   […]

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Chinese Companies Corralling Land Around World

Via Nikkei Asia, an article on Chinese companies’ acquisition of nearly 6.5m hectares over the past 10 years: China’s strategic muscle-flexing is not limited to its expansive maritime claims and vigorous infrastructure exports; Chinese entities have also been aggressively acquiring land overseas. Chinese companies are buying up land in Asia and Africa. The combined area […]

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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.