Farmland Values Hit Record Highs, Investors Pricing Out Farmers

Courtesy of The New York Times, a report on how small farmers are now going up against deep-pocketed investors, including private equity firms and real estate developers: Joel Gindo thought he could finally own and operate the farm of his dreams when a neighbor put up 160 acres of cropland for sale in Brookings County, […]

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Countries Most Affected by Land Grabs

Via Statista, a visual look at the impact of land grabs worldwide: According to an analysis of the Land Matrix database, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the country most heavily affected by land grabs, defined as the buying, leasing or concession land use for commercial purposes by companies from abroad, affecting land that had previously been […]

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Food and Geopolitics

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at how armed movements disrupt food production and export: At first glance, Vladimir Putin has little in common with an Ethiopian foot-soldier. One man has palaces and nuclear weapons, the other a shack and an old Kalashnikov. Yet both illustrate a global problem: that food supplies are often disrupted […]

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Wells Run Dry In US Southwest As Foreign-Owned Farms Guzzle Water To feed Cattle Overseas

Via CNN, an article on how wells are running dry in drought-weary Southwest as foreign-owned farms guzzle water to feed cattle overseas: Workers with the water district in Wenden, Arizona, saw something remarkable last year as they slowly lowered a camera into the drought-stricken town’s well: The water was moving. But the aquifer which sits below the small desert […]

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Preventing Fish Wars

Via Oceans Futures, a report of a new initiative focused on identifying future fish-rich and fish-poor regions where conflict is likely to occur. National security organizations can use predictive analysis based on climate, fisheries, and geopolitical data to inform government defense, security, and intelligence resource allocation in marine and coastal sectors: Now more than ever, fish […]

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B-1B Bombers Are Hunting Illegal Fishing Boats Off South America

Via The Drive, a report on how recent B-1B sorties highlight the growing maritime role for the bombers, but illegal fishing is a national security concern in its own right: U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers flying from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas kept watch for signs of illegal fishing during recent sorties over the […]

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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.