The Landgrabbers, By Fred Pearce


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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.