Mining.com, September26, 2014
MINING CORPORATIONS ORDERED TO HAND BACK LAND TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN COLUMBIA http://www.mining.com/miners-ordered-to-hand-back-land-to-natives-in-colombia-75530/
April 18, 2013 Mongabay
LAND GRABBING. In 2007, the increased human population, increased prices in fuel and transportation costs, and an increased demand for a diversity of food products prompted a Global Food Crisis....
But the crisis had impacts beyond 2007: it was also the impetus for what we now known as the global land-grabbing phenomenon....
According to a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by Maria Cristina Rulli with the Polytechnic University of Milan and colleagues, there are an estimated 62 'grabbed countries' and 41 'grabbers,' with the Middle East, South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia acting as the biggest grabbers. Estimates of the total amount of grabbed land are variable, but it is clear that numbers are steadily on the rise....Often times, however, these benefits do not trickle down to the local populations.
"Land grabbing" involves capital-rich countries investing in land and subsequent agricultural operations in foreign countries. These countries tend to be developing nations, mostly in Africa and Asia, which are rich in natural resources, but poor in capital and eager for opportunities to generate economic stimulation... Land deals are negotiated in the upper tiers of society and government with little or no input from the communities who are impacted by the sale and conversion of land.
...It's important to understand that countries that buy land on foreign soils are not just buying property, and not just influencing the microcosm of land within the boundaries of their parcels—they are also buying rights to water and other natural resources. Much of grabbed land is not agricultural land to begin with. The conversion of these lands to farmland entails deforestation, land clearing, and land use alterations that greatly modify local ecosystems, often resulting in carbon emissions, biodiversity loss, and local people losing access to natural resources. Altered distribution of water resources, changes in land use, soil degradation, and the use of fertilizers and pesticides, among other factors, affect the local environment and compromise the ecological and human sustainability of the environment.
......while grabbers acquire land to supply food for their own increasing populations, grabbed countries' increase their dependency on foreign-supplied food, leading to deeper economic problems and often social unrest. .... http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0418-santana-land-grabbing.html
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How Foreign "Investments" Are Redistributing Wealth, Land and Water across the globe