The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth [Fred Pearce] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “Raises complex and urgent . The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth. By Fred Pearce ( Becon Press, ). By Fred Nelson. Over the course of the. What inspired you to write The Land Grabbers? Over the last few years, I became aware of this hidden revolution taking place around the world.
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What makes the villages of Mali particularly vulnerable? Some governments bend over backwards for the grabbers… If you drive into one region of Tanzania your mobile phone beeps with a text welcoming grabber to the United Arab Emirates.
I’m an old-fashioned reporter — I want to go see.
The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth by Fred Pearce
A lot of reported deals never happen and a lot of the largest are done secretly. I have tried to disentangle the truth about individual projects, but I have not attempted any global figure.
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It’s governments that lack the balls. It’s like eastern Europe before the Berlin Wall came down — environmentalism was how political lland was developed. Concise, easy to understad, and very informative. And that is the purpose of this book.
The New Conquistadors How did the rubber-tapping industry in South America breed such a devastating environment for its workers? The topic is really interesting, but the story-telling is not really cohesive and I lose focus or get bored.
The story is the same the world over. Hungry nations are being forced to export their food to the wealthy, and corporate potentates run fiefdoms oblivious to the country beyond their fences. What makes a good science writer?
Ploughing in the Petrodollars Some nations, like Saudi Arabia, engage in land-grabbing in order to prevent a food shortage. Did you change lifestyle after that? All useful only sort of repetitioussimply because the same thing is happening all over Hadn’t heard the terms ‘ smallholder ‘ or ‘ outgrower ‘ before.
You wrote the first popular book on climate change, Turning up the Heatin Dean rated it did not like it Apr 06, In this sense, the book lacks flavor. The Land Grabbers is a first-of-its-kind expose that reveals the scale and the human costs of the land grab, one of the most profound ethical, environmental, and economic issues facing the globalized world in the twenty-first century. We should not forget sovereign funds from Mideast countries fearful of food embargoes, and now knowing that their once vast aquifers are too diminished to continue wheat or dairy farming.
Money and liquidity flows quickly into and out of countries, leaving a trail of destruction in lives and the environment in their wake. Laws of the Jungle What were the original intentions of the carbon-credits system, and how has it been corrupted to serve the needs of land grabbers?
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The corporations, speculators, and governments scooping up land cheap in the developing world claim that industrial-scale farming will help local economies. A lot of people didn’t like me writing it up.
In sum, I found this book too shallow, merely descriptive. Up the Nile with the Capitalists of Chaos Chapter 4 highlights the vague and confusing terms in which land-grab deals are prarce phrased. Booklist – January 1, I have had no response since. Agita grabbesr it it was amazing Sep 11, But I have peafce appalled at the damage that often results from their actions.
The main focus of the book is in Africa, where the biggest “land grabs” are happening. There’s huge concern about local pollution — smog, kids with high levels of lead from smelters, chronic poisoning and so on.
I did find new mega-farms with thoughtful managers who make sure to offer secure jobs, food, and basic social services to their workers and their families.
The book is certainly worth reading, especially if you find yourself in the position I was when I first approached this book, which was having no knowledge of this issue and eager to know more.
May 16, Steven rated it it was ok Shelves: Also by Fred Pearce. Jan Puetz rated it really liked it Nov peaarce, The place and individuals involved keep changing but the story and outcome is depressingly similar.
There are a few success stories scattered throughout the book, but it’s a pretty depressing view of the future, especially for Africa. While land reform has always been promised, you don’t expect the largest landowner to do land reform. Subscribe to RSS headline updates from: Chapter 7 Palm BayLiberia: I started with a man called Omot. Fred Pearce The Landgrabbers: Under the Shade of a Coolibah Tree In Australia, foreigners have taken advantage of droughts to buy up the land of desperate farmers.