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How To Prevent Food From Becoming A Weapon Of War

Via The Hill, commentary on how to prevent food from becoming a weapon of war: The conflict in Ukraine has exposed the fragile geopolitics that underpin global food systems, threatening the health, livelihoods and wellbeing of millions of people around the world. Just as Europe is now counting the cost of relying on imported fossil […]

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Fisher Groups Become The Marine Militia in Indonesia’s War on Illegal Fishing

Via Mongabay, a look at how Indonesia has incentivized fishermen to patrol their local waters: Indonesia has a vast maritime area, but not enough personnel to patrol and monitor for illegal and destructive fishing. To address this gap, in recent years the government has incentivized fishers and other coastal communities to form monitoring groups that […]

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Russia Accused of Industrial-Scale Farm Plunder in Ukraine

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on widescale frain seizures and destruction of tools and buildings in Ukraine: Things have gone from bad to worse on Oleg’s farm in Kherson in southern Ukraine since Russia’s invasion 10 weeks ago. Occupying forces took away some of his grain and stole all the machinery, including trucks, […]

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Eight Killed In Iraq Clashes Over Farmland

Via Seed Daily, an article on domestic violence in Iraq over ownership of agricultural land: At least eight people were killed in armed clashes in southern Iraq Wednesday when arguments over the ownership of agricultural land turned deadly, officials said. The fighting broke out in Maysan province, with the violence centred in a village some […]

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Global Sand Wars?

Via Popular Mechanics, a report on the global sand crisis – which while not an agricultural producing resource – is a resource in demand (with 50B metric tons used in concrete and glass production annually) and around which mafia-style black markets are developing: The world is in crisis yet again. This time around, it’s a […]

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China’s Sets Its Eyes On World’s Last Frontier: The Ocean

Via Nikkei Asia, a report on Beijing’s strategic efforts to reap the economic potential of the world’s oceans.  A reminder that farms need not only be on the ground, but they may be within marine environments as well. Dealing with the Ukraine war and its evolving consequences, growing tensions in the Pacific, the still-unfolding disruption caused by […]

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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 www.waterpolitics.com and frontier investment markets at www.wildcatsandblacksheep.com.