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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The new fight over who owns the Earth. Feeding the World After hearing various sides of the story, what are your beliefs about the future of world food production? Probably the most important environmental book anyone could read right now.

I decided to read this book as the idea of land grabbing was something that I had never heard of and seemed worthy of learning more about. Historically, climate change does not happen in a gradual way, we have periods of stability and then a lurch. It is the new battle over who owns the planet. How did this vrabbers become corrupt?

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It was the channel by which you could attack the political system. It made me realise there’s a kind of green imperialism where we are just screwing up a lot of gfabbers for uncertain benefit and a sense of personal virtue.

What about the theory that what the west does is irrelevant, what with the eastern economies growing so rapidly? From the Hardcover edition. It’s like eastern Europe before the Berlin Wall came down — environmentalism was how political space was developed. Land has always been an emotive issue dominating election cycles sometimes disintegrating in to chaos there.


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I got this book labd through Goodreads First Reads. Pearce’s story is populated with larger-than-life characters, from financier George Soros and industry tycoon Richard Branson, to Gulf state sheikhs, Russian oligarchs, British barons, and Burmese generals. How could these laws be better enforced? Rising demand from China and the Far East for meat, an increasing requirement for biofuels from the US and Europe, a need for more rubber plantations pexrce car use climbs in emerging economies and a growing appetite from agribusinesses for soy and palm oil products.

The scale is astounding: Could have frwd better written- tends to become very dry and encyclopedic “and then this big company bought this tract of land in this country, and this other big company bought this other tract of land, perace then this other big company bought this third tract of land”, and then so on and so forth but it’s still worth wading through these parts.

There are stories of them using spotlights off vehicles at night to shoot leopards with AK47s and burning the bush to beat the game towards the guns.


What could other land grabbers learn from this example? Published May 29th by Beacon Press first published May 24th It was soaring food prices that fueled the revolution in Egypt which led to the overthrow of the Mubarak regime.

Fearful stuff that doesnt make the me, the reader, feel good. Is this the inevitable cost of feeding the world and protecting its surviving wildlife?

Many believe they will do good along the way. The Fged Great Trek Pearce writes about land grabs being carried out with no maps and no authentic leases. You might also be interested in: My wife is still a better recycler than I am.


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This book is great and you will learn many things while reading it. Chapter 27 LondonEngland: He specialises in global environmental issues, including water and climate lanf, and frequently takes heretic and counter-intuitive views – “a sceptic in the best sense”, he says. How’s that story going? With the modern landgrab, the enclosure grabberx has attained planetary proportions and Pearce is without peer in describing the dire consequences of this ongoing human and environmental disaster.

Aug 28, Mark rated it liked it.

In Confessions of an Eco Sinneryou traced your own environmental footprint. Some see themselves as part of the scientific priesthood, but you should be independent, like a political correspondent looking at politicians. What circumstances make this kind of paerce grabbing possible? Miyamoto Musashi and Miyamoto Musashi. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

The book does a great job of defining the motivations behind land grabbees and also describing the land grabs which have occurred and continue to occur around the world. Safe Enough to Soar. I have had no response since. One thin I had read about people buying up water rights, but was not aware of these giant land grabs. We discover yrabbers Goldman Sachs is buying up the Chinese poultry industry, what Lord Rothschild and a legendary s asset-stripper are doing in the backwoods of Brazil, and what plans a Saudi oil billionaire has for Ethiopia.

No one really knows. Looking for More Great Reads? Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Pearce is right about one thing though.