Archive for September, 2022

Ron DeSantis Blasts China for Buying US Farmland: ‘It’s A Huge Problem’

Via NY Post, an article on Ron DeSantis reaction to China buyingUS farmland: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has vowed to crack down on “undue influence from rogue states” like China in response to Chinese businesses reportedly buying up large tracts of farmland. DeSantis was asked about a recent report by the National Association of Realtors which found that […]

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Like Oil and Water: How Oil Palm Plantations are Squeezing Communities Dry In Asia and Africa

Via the World Rainforest Movement, an article on how oil palm plantations are grabbing land and squeezing communities dry: There are no other commodity crops that have grown faster globally in the last decade than palm oil. Vegetable oil production increased 118 per cent in the last ten years alone, the majority of it is driven by […]

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Morocco Promotes Agricultural Development In Western Sahara

Via The Arab Weekly, a report on a new Morocco-led project that aims to turn 52 square kilometres of unused land near the city of Dakhla into farms: Morocco is seeking investors for a $213 million agriculture project in Western Sahara irrigated by a wind-powered desalination plant. The project aims to turn 52 square kilometres of […]

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Countries Growing 70% Of World’s Food Face ‘Extreme’ Heat Risk By 2045

Via Seed Daily, a report that the world’s breadbaskets which grow 70% of the world’s food face ‘extreme’ heat risk by 2045: Blistering crop-withering temperatures that also risk the health of agricultural workers could threaten swathes of global food production by 2045 as the world warms, an industry analysis warned Thursday. Climate change is already stoking […]

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UAE’s Elite Agro invests in Indonesia

Via, a report on a new Emirati investment in Indonesia: Abu Dhabi producer Elite Agro is reportedly set to invest in Subang, in Indonesia’s West Java province, according to a report from CNBC Indonesia. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the plan was a continuation of the growing bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and the […]

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Farming Out: China’s Overseas Food Security Quest

Via Nikkei Asia, a look at China’s overseas food security quest: Drought has plunged water levels in China to a once-in-decades low. Some Chinese cities, reliant on hydropower, are going without air conditioning as temperatures soar and residents walk on dry riverbeds. But the most catastrophic consequences could be in store for the country’s food […]

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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