Who's controlling the global food supply?

  • Article by: MICHAEL KUGELMAN , New York Times
  • Updated: February 6, 2013 - 2:02 PM

Investors are grabbing up giant swaths of farm land around the world. In some cases, the land isn't being developed, making global food security a concern.

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fish60Feb. 6, 13 2:57 PM

Or we could stabilize our population before the population bubble bursts on us. Once again the wealthy exploit the poor and if that doesn't work they fund corruption or use our government against those that stand in the way of ever higher profits.

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therabbiFeb. 6, 13 3:09 PM

This is no different that oil. Speculators are playing a game of limited supply verses high demand. The price of the commodity can only go one way - up!

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tomstromieFeb. 6, 13 3:25 PM

I grew up on a farm, currently own farm land, and I find this column to be a little difficult to believe. People or Organizations do not buy or lease land and leave it fallow without a very good reason. It's a large expense to earn no return.

Food is an internationally priced commodity whose price is not easily manipulated. It does not have a limited block of suppliers such as OPEC for oil.

Another point is raised about the crops grown may not be what is locally needed. What is the author's answer for that, governments controlling what is planted? I'm sure most think that is a disaster waiting to happen. Whatever brings the greatest return is what will be grown. Each area of land has specific crops for which it is best suited.

Famine and food shortages would be a constant problem if the world depended on small, inefficient farmers.

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roosterkakFeb. 6, 13 3:33 PM

How about we start talking about limiting human population growth or are the leaders of the world just gonna sit back, rake in the profits and wait until it is too late?

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roosterkakFeb. 6, 13 3:34 PM

The constant drive for growth will be the achilles heel of the human species.

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SorghastrumFeb. 6, 13 6:05 PM

Land speculation by multinational corporations from post-development countries is well documented. These "Western" entities are often supported by the governments their main headquarters are located and they often use corrupt governments and local officials in the non developed countries to remove entire populations of rural traditional agricultural and pastoral from their communally held lands, and often by force. This often results in a further destabilized economy as urban centers become even more crowded. All of this in the name of profits for the few wealthy and some trinkets for those in power in the third world. The prognosis is not good for the short term nor long term survival of most of the worlds indigenous cultures.

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