Archive for January, 2024

Leadership Of Major US Landowner Full Of Chinese Communist Party Members

Via the Daily Caller, a report on WH Group, which purchased Smithfield Foods in 2013: Top executives at Hong Kong-based WH Group Limited, the world’s largest pork producer that controls vast swaths of U.S. farmland through its American subsidiary, are Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation review of corporate […]

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Foreign Investment in U.S. Agricultural Land: 40M Acres

Via GAO, a new report on foreign ownership in U.S. agricultural land: Fast Facts Foreign investment in U.S. agricultural land grew to about 40 million acres in 2021, per USDA estimates. This can pose national security risks—such as when foreign interests buy land near U.S. military installations. USDA annually publishes data on agricultural land investments, […]

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Tech Billionaire Spent $113 Million on Nebraska Farmland

Via Investigate Midwest, a report on Bill Gates’ spending spree on Nebraska farmland: A glance at federal records shows the series of Nebraska farms listed as foreign owned, though there’s no country attached and no hint that these farms with unassuming names might be related. Willowdale Farms, Merrick County Farms, Dove Haven Ranch, Champion Valley […]

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Second-Largest Foreign Owner Of US Land Is A Chinese Communist Party Member

Via Daily Caller, a report on the second-largest foreign landowner in the U.S., a Chinese billionaire who it has been determined is a member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP): The second-largest foreign landowner in the U.S. is a Chinese billionaire who it has been determined is a member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), […]

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Senegal Firm To Supply Alfalfa To South Korea

Via Yahoo! Finance, a report that African Agriculture announced a multi-year supply agreement with South Korea-Based holding company Dr. Kahn:\ African Agriculture Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: AAGR), (“African Agriculture” or “the Company”) a pioneering company operating a commercial-scale alfalfa farm in Senegal and dedicated to food security for the coming century, today announced a multi-year supply agreement with Dr. […]

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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