Eden Project Books, £9.99
The Landgrabbers, By Fred Pearce
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Friday 05 April 2013
This eye-opening book on agri-imperialism begins with a Mark Twain quote that could have been written for the 21st century malaise that Pearce outlines: "Buy land. They're not making it anymore."
Rising food prices and the rush for farmland is leading wealthy entrepreneurs to buy up land in developing nations and create an agri-business that sucks out resources and leaves local communities deprived.
Blame is also traced to trading floors in the West. It's a new global horror story of the rich annexing the poor.
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