Archive for February, 2023

Why So Many States Want to Ban China From Owning Farmland

Via FiveThirtyEight, commentary on why so many states want to ban China from owning farmland: The spy balloon spotted over Montana wasn’t the first recent incident to spark fears about national security and espionage in the U.S. Only a few years ago, a Chinese billionaire named Sun Guangxin planned to build a wind farm on part of […]

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The $20m Flip: The Story Of The Largest Land Grab In The Brazilian Amazon

Via Mongabay, a report on what some are calling the largest land grab in the Brazilian Amazon: This is the story of how three individual landowners engineered the single-largest instance of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. The clearing of 6,469 hectares (or 15,985 acres) of forest in the southern part of Pará state could earn […]

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Texas, Other US States Mull Ban On Chinese Buying Land

Via Terra Daily, an article on Texas and other US states’ mulling a ban on Chinese buying land: The US state of Texas is considering barring Chinese citizens from buying property on national security grounds — and as tensions with Beijing rise other states may follow suit.The Texas proposal also would bar Russians, Iranians and North […]

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Global Land Rush

Via Space Daily, a look at the global land rush: Since the beginning of the century, the world has experienced a global land rush with thousands of transnational land investments being made by foreign entities resulting in a surge of large-scale land acquisitions, which are defined as land contracts or leases of at least 500 […]

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UAE Interested In Angola’s Agricultural Potential

Via Africa Press, a report on the UAE’s interest in Angola’s agricultural potential: The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, António Francisco de Assis, presented Wednesday (28), in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the agricultural potential and agribusiness opportunities existing in Angola, with a view to attracting new investment of Arab businessmen. According to a press […]

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China’s Growing Interest in U.S. Farmland

A recent – rather dramatic – Fox News commentary on China’s growing interest in U.S. farmland: Home to 20 percent of the global population, but only 7 to 9 percent of the world’s arable land, China is an extreme food shortage. To combat the crisis, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) devised a decades-long strategy of […]

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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