China’s Great Sand Grab

Via Foreign Policy, a look at what some are calling China’s theft of Taiwan’s sand: At the end of April, the Taiwan Coast Guard Administration received a new frigate, the Hsinchu. At 4,000 tons, it’s a massive beast and was immediately assigned for duty in Taiwan’s Northern Pacific Flotilla to protect one of Taiwan’s most precious maritime […]

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Russia Occupies 22% of Ukraine Farmland

Via Seed Daily, a report on Russia’s occupation of 22% of Ukraine’s farmland: Russian forces now occupy about 22 percent of Ukraine’s farmland since the February 24 invasion, impacting one of the major suppliers to global grain and edible oils markets, NASA said Thursday. Satellite data analyzed by scientists at the US space agency shows that […]

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Squeezing Africa Dry

Via GRAIN, a report on how water is often behind the scramble for land in Africa: Food cannot be grown without water. In Africa, one in three people endure water scarcity and climate change will make things worse. Building on Africa’s highly sophisticated indigenous water management systems could help resolve this growing crisis, but these […]

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Turkey Plans to Secure Food Supplies Via Sudan, Despite Previous Failure

Via Quartz Africa, an article on Turkey’s plans to secure food supplies via Sudan, despite previous failure: Turkey has been struggling to feed its entire population since 2015. The government has cited climate change and the constant refugee crisis as the major causes. But to avert the situation, the country now wants to revisit a plan it started in 2016 but […]

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Breaking Bread: How Wheat Remade the World

Via Milken Institute, review of a new book Oceans of Grain, that goes beyond the rise of American wheat to reinterpret world history as an epic of control of the flows of nutrition:  You cannot not know history,” said the American architect Philip Johnson. (Though he did successfully conceal his years as a young fascist demagogue in […]

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Farmland In Karabakh Being Given To Powerful Azerbaijanis

Via Eurasianet, an article on a new investigation that has found that agricultural firms connected to powerful Azerbaijanis, including the first family, were given non-transparent contracts to develop land in Karabakh: Agricultural land in the territories Azerbaijan retook in the 2020 war with Armenia are being developed by companies connected to top government officials, a new […]

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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.