The Great Land Grab

In the past ten years two hundred million hectares of land has been bought or leased in undeveloped countries. In most cases the land has been bought by large corporations to farm, or by mining companies to exploit for its resources or by governments for their own reasons. Buying and selling land is a feature of the developed world. Before the developed world was developed, our own communities made land inalienable. The concept of buying or selling land thousands of years ago would have been odd to the people who lived on it, just like to concept of owning wild beast and birds would have been odd; the land belonged to no one and to everyone. Continue reading