Archive for August, 2023

Cultivating Change: India’s Exploration of Contract Farming in Latin America

Via The Financial Express, a report on India’s interest in Paraguay’s agricultural potential: A delegation of agriculture and MSMEs agriculturists is set to travel to Paraguay, driven by the prospect of procuring land and initiating farming ventures. This burgeoning interest was spurred by a recent webinar jointly organized by the Indian Mission in Paraguay and […]

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Norway, Sweden, and Finland Displace Ugandan Farmers for Carbon Trading

Via The Oakland Institute, commentary on a new front in the global farms race: Eviction notices and official company letters obtained by the Oakland Institute confirm the 2014 and 2017 exposés that revealed forced evictions of local communities and destruction of their livelihoods in Kachung, Uganda, by Green Resources, a Norwegian forestry company. Green Resources […]

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China Daily: China Owns Little U.S. Agricultural Land

Via China Daily, an opinion piece on China’s ownership of U.S. agricultural land: Fears of China buying up land in the United States have been grabbing headlines for quite a while despite the fact that China owns very little American land. Since 2017, a company called Flannery Associates has been buying large plots of land […]

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Who Owns The West?

Via High Country News, a look at how – increasingly – land in the U.S. west is shifting into the hands of billionaires: Earlier this year, several Western states considered legislation that would ban or restrict foreign ownership of land, particularly agricultural parcels. While some proposed bills, including California’s, involved blanket restrictions, most sought to […]

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State Lawmakers Move To Ban Chinese Land Ownership

Via The Washington Post, a report on how 81 bills were introduced in 33 states this year to restrict Chinese land ownership: In Washington, the White House and federal lawmakers are pursuing ways to constrain Chinese-owned businesses like TikTok amid a bipartisan push to limit China’s reach. Now state legislators have embraced a novel, locally focused […]

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China Expands Farmland In Bid To Cut Foreign Food Reliance

Courtesy of The Financial Times,  a report on China’s efforts to expand farmland in a bid to reduce its reliance on foreign food: In the western Chinese city of Chengdu, once popular hotpot restaurant Star Shining in the Clouds has closed its doors for the last time, one of several businesses to shut as the […]

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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