Archive for October, 2023

China Is Weaponizing Fish Against the United States

Via CIMSEC, a report on China’s use of fishing to compete geopolitically: In the 19th Century, the British East India Company was buying up huge amounts of Chinese goods – tea, silk, porcelain and more – but China was not interested in buying anything from Britain. As a way of balancing the accounts, Britain began smuggling […]

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China’s Hunger For Soya Hinders Self Sufficiency Drive

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on China’s appetite for global soybeans: China’s drive for self-sufficiency, as trade links fray with the US, is not confined to the cutting-edge likes of semiconductors and missile technology. The humble soyabean, too, is weighing on the minds of the nation’s leaders, and has become the unlikely subject […]

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How a Fertilizer Shortage Is Spreading Desperate Hunger

Courtesy of The New York Times, a look at how – across Africa and in parts of Asia – disruption to the supply chain for fertilizer is raising food prices and increasing malnutrition: Suleiman Chubado is not entirely clear what caused the price of fertilizer to more than double over the past year, but he […]

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Arkansas Orders Chinese-Owned Seed Producer Syngenta To Sell US Farmland

Via Reuters, an article on Arkansas decision to order Chinese-owned seed producer Syngenta to sell US farmland: Arkansas ordered Syngenta to sell 160 acres (65 hectares) of farmland in the U.S. state within two years on Tuesday because the company is Chinese-owned, drawing a sharp rebuke from the global seeds producer. U.S. farm groups and lawmakers […]

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UAE Agribusiness In Talks To Acquire Land in Egypt

Via Reuters, an article on UAE agribusinesses in talks to acquire land in Egypt: Emirati agribusiness Al Dahra is in talks to acquire more agricultural land in Egypt, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said, in a deal that could reduce Cairo’s dependence on imports of staple crops but also reignite water use concerns. […]

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Food Is Hot Campaign Issue in Elections From Argentina to Poland

Via Bloomberg, a look at how – with wars, trade bans and climate change – protecting consumers and farmers is playing a major role in politics: Whether it’s bread or onions, food has the power to make or break a country’s leadership. How nations secure their staples is looming large in elections across the world with […]

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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