Why Global Hunger Is A National Security Threat

Via The Washington Post, commentary from Chef Jose Andres on why global hunger is a national security threat: Threats to U.S. national security are not just measured in missiles, armies and terrorists. Political and economic turmoil, in countries that are important to America and its allies, can also be overwhelming. That’s why fighting hunger and […]

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Import Dependency and China’s Food Security

Via Geopolitical Monitor, a detailed look at China’s food security: The issue of food security has been in the news after Xi Jinping’s recent article on agricultural self-reliance in Qiushi journal, a magazine published by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC). In this article, he pointed out that the Russia-Ukraine crisis has demonstrated […]

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Montana Bans Foreign Adversaries From Buying Farmland

Via Montana State Government, an announcement of a new rule prohibiting countries like China and Russia from buying farmland: Governor Greg Gianforte today prohibited the sale or lease of Montana ag land, critical infrastructure, and homes near military assets by Montana entities to foreign adversaries. “Montana will not stand idly by as foreign adversaries buy […]

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How Brazil Out Farmed The American Farmer

Via Gateway to South America, commentary on Brazil’s ascension to the global soyabean lead: After a half-century of dominance, the U.S. is losing its edge in agriculture to a booming, high-tech Latin American powerhouse. Its secret weapon? Soyabeans. A big swath of soya-producing lands that stretch between the Andes and the Atlantic forest and from […]

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Grain Trade Turbulence

Courtesy of Geopolitical Futures, a look at how Ukraine’s exports are dividing the West and strengthening Russia’s hand: The grain trade is in trouble again. The United Nations is trying to preserve the international agreement, set to expire May 18, that enables the export of Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports, but Russia has signaled […]

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China’s Farmland Is in Serious Trouble

Via Foreign Policy, a report on Chinese farmland and a threat from within: Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan offered his “lesson number one about America” in his farewell address to the nation: “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” The same is true in China. One of the first steps of 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.