Archive for February, 2015

Lester Brown: ‘Vast Dust Bowls Threaten Tens Of Millions With Hunger’

Via The Guardian, a report on Lester Brown’s concerns that the world may face the worst hunger crisis of our lifetime: Vast tracts of Africa and of China are turning into dust bowls on a scale that dwarves the one that devastated the US in the 1930s, one of the world’s pre-eminent environmental thinkers has warned. […]

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The Futures Of Farming

Via Le Monde, an interesting (slightly dated) examination of what the closing of Kansas City’s Mercantile Exchange can teach us about how Wall Street stopped treating food like food: Just off of Country Road 518 in Hopewell, New Jersey, sits Double Brook Farm. It’s run by a self-exiled New Yorker but it’s not one of those now-standard upstart […]

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The Man Who Stole the Nile

Via Harper’s, a slightly dated (2014) but interesting article on an Ethiopian billionaire’s outrageous land grab: Forget about diamond heists, bank robberies, and drilling into the golden intestines of Fort Knox. In this precarious world-historic moment, food has become the most valuable asset of them all — and a billionaire from Ethiopia named Mohammed Hussein Al […]

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China: Milking New Zealand’s Way Of Life

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, a look at China’s impact on New Zealand’s agricultural sector: Ken and Patricia Graham have an unwelcome new neighbor on the farm where they retired to raise sheep and cattle and tend a vineyard—a gigantic Chinese-owned infant-formula factory. The US$165 million plant emblazoned with the company’s name—Yashili–in Chinese characters […]

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Investor Interest In Myanmar’s Rich Potential For Rice Growing

Via The Nation, a report on Myanmar’s agricultural potential: Myanmar may go back to being one of the world’s major rice exporters in five to ten years, as many Thai and foreign investors are looking to expand in rice mills and farms in the country. Thai traders and experts all believe that Myanmar has great […]

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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