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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Money and liquidity flows quickly into and out of countries, leaving a trail of destruction in lives and the environment in their wake. Fred Pearce has provided a very useful book for those trying to understand the modern agricultural world and its interaction with the wider global economy.

How might westerners be provided with more information about the effects of land grabbing? 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.

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So I’d read about a big land deal in the papers and go to find what was going on. However, he also tells the complex stories of some of the people who have caused that destruction.


From the Hardcover edition. You wrote the first popular book on climate change, Turning up the Heatin Who is at fault, and what are their motives? It is a tragic and sad book, filled with pearec horrors of displaced people and lost lands. The scale is astounding: We are experiencing technical difficulties.

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He has been described as one of Britain’s finest science writers and has reported on environment, popular science and development issues from 64 countries over the past labd years. You can plan for the future, but you can’t predict it.


Topics International land deals The Observer. Hungry nations are being forced to export their food to the wealthy, and corporate potentates run fiefdoms oblivious to the country beyond their fences.

The story is the same the world over. These big-ticket investment deals often influence and distort governments and the law.

So and So corporation or investment fund buys XXX acres of ‘vacant’ land in country X to grow soy, corn, sugarcane, rice etc. Were you surprised by Pearce’s ultimate conclusion about the practicality of biofuels? Pearce is acclaimed for his keen environmental reporting in books about water shortages When the Rivers Run Dryand climate change With Speed and Violence, and here he discusses environmental impact, particularly regarding projects in which water sources are diverted or forests are razed.

The Laws of Human Nature. There’s huge concern about local pollution — smog, kids with high levels of lead from smelters, chronic poisoning and so on. Fearful stuff that doesnt make the me, the reader, feel good. Oxfam says more than two million square kilometres in the last decade have been grabbed, two-thirds of them in Africa. How’s that story going?

If Calvin Burgess really had good intentions, how did his plans go wrong?

The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth

Who are the Land Grabbers? It is important to know what agribusiness can and cannot deliver. Maria Palar rated it it was amazing Feb 13, Sep 10, Ryan rated it it was ok Shelves: Was there anything in the book ggrabbers surprised you or changed your notions of this concept? No trivia or quizzes yet. Books like this just make me angry. Dean rated it did not like it Apr 06, granbers No one has put together the global picture of land grabbing so I wanted to take a closer look.


Aug 28, Mark rated it liked it. About The Land Grabbers How Wall Street, Chinese billionaires, oil sheiks, and agribusiness are buying up huge tracts of land in a hungry, crowded world. What factors decide whether or not this kind of crisis comes to be widely known and condemned?

The good jobs promised by foreign capitalists and home governments alike fail to materialize. Hungry nations are being forced to export their food to the wealthy, and corporate potentates run fiefdoms oblivious to the country beyond their fences. Did you change lifestyle after that? Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth by Fred Pearce

Can you think of a viable solution to this problem? And the Tanzanian government’s elite paramilitary unit grabbets the Masai families off the land. In sum, I found this book too shallow, merely descriptive.

Some governments bend over backwards for the grabbers… If you drive into one region of Tanzania your mobile phone beeps with a text welcoming you to the United Arab Emirates. Subscribe to RSS headline updates from: He has reported on environmental, science, and development issues from 85 countries over the past 20 years.

Probably the most important environmental book anyone could read right now. Can you think of other historical examples of traditional land rights being ignored? If we can fix the banking system, then why not the climate system?