Archive for January, 2020

Chinese Overseas Agricultural Investment: Beijing’s ‘Field of Dreams’

Via Future Directions International, interesting commentary on Chinese overseas agricultural investment and Beijing’s dream of a new economic world order: There is a link between China’s plans to return to a position of global centrality and its food security. Beijing’s food security strategy has shifted toward overseas investments. This involves moving on from “greenfield investments”, or […]

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Global Guacamole: Harvard Management Company Invests in Avocados, Sells Other Natural Resource Assets

Via The Crimson, interesting commentary on investments being made in avocados and retrenchment of investments in water-scarce Australia: The Harvard Management Company adjusted its natural resource portfolio this week by purchasing a minority stake in produce company Westfalia Fruit International and selling its investments in two Australian farms. HMC — the University’s investment arm — […]

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Cellular Agriculture: May Soon Destroy Farming and Save The Planet

Via The Guardian, interesting commentary on how scientists’ efforts to replace replacing crops and livestock with food made from microbes and water may save humanity’s bacon: It sounds like a miracle, but no great technological leaps were required. In a commercial lab on the outskirts of Helsinki, I watched scientists turn water into food. Through […]

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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