Archive for April, 2023

Worried About Spying and Tensions With China, Many States Limit Who Can Buy Farmland

Via Investigate Midwest, commentary on how federal and Midwestern state lawmakers are seeking to crack down on Chinese ownership of U.S. agricultural lands, amid security tensions and the shooting down of a “spy balloon” spotted over Montana. Federal data shows that foreign holdings of U.S. farmland increased by an average of 2.2 million acres a […]

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Pakistan: Agricultural Land Grab By Military

Via Farm Land Grab, a report on Pakistan’s military taking over agricultural land: Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee (PKRC) strongly condemns the agricultural land grab by military. PKRC demands that state owned agriculture land be distributed among the small farmers, landless peasants and tenants. PKRC believes that the recent agreement signed by the caretaker government of […]

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Ukraine’s Other Land Grab

Via Al Jazeera, a podcast on how Ukraine – the breadbasket of Europe – is seeing its land change hands: Ukraine might not look like a good financial investment after a year at war with no end in sight, but Harvard, Saudi Arabia, a handful of oligarchs, and the United States investment manager The Vanguard […]

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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