Despite Drop from 2009 Peak, Agricultural Land Grabs Still Remain Above Pre-2005 Levels | Worldwatch Institute

Despite Drop from 2009 Peak, Agricultural Land Grabs Still Remain Above Pre-2005 Levels | Worldwatch InstituteAfrica has seen the greatest share of land involved in these acquisitions, with 34.3 million hectares sold or leased since 2000. East Africa accounts for the greatest investment, with 310 deals covering 16.8 million hectares. Increased investment in Africa’s agricultural land reflects a decade-long trend of strengthening economic relationships between Africa and the rest of the world, with foreign direct investment to the continent growing 259 percent between 2000 and 2010.

Asia and Latin America come in second and third for most heavily targeted regions, with 27.1 million and 6.6 million hectares of land deals, respectively.

Investor countries, in contrast, are spread more evenly around the globe. Of the 82 listed investor countries in the Land Matrix Project database, Brazil, India, and China account for 16.5 million hectares, or around 24 percent of the total hectares sold or leased worldwide. When the East Asian nations of Indonesia, Malaysia, and South Korea are included, this group of industrializing countries has been involved in 274 land deals covering 30.5 million hectares.

The United States and the United Kingdom account for a combined 6.4 million hectares of land deals. The oil-rich but arid Gulf states make up the final group of major land investors, with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar responsible for 4.6 million hectares.

People Want to Eat Meat Raised Without Excessive Antibiotics. Wouldn\’t You? | Wired Science | Wired.com

People Want to Eat Meat Raised Without Excessive Antibiotics. Wouldn\’t You? | Wired Science | Wired.com. The magazine Consumer Reports is publishing a report and poll on US consumers’ attitudes toward the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture. From everyone’s reactions when I write about this, I thought people cared about this issue, but the numbers are a little surprising even to me: 86 percent of shoppers in a nationally representative sample of 1,000 adults said they wanted meat raised without antibiotics to be available in their local supermarkets. Some other key numbers:

  • 72 percent of shoppers were concerned about overuse of agricultural antibiotics creating superbugs
  • 67 percent worried about routine antibiotic dosing in livestock feed
  • 65 percent thought there might be antibiotic

700 farmers to grow vegetables solely for Europe

700 farmers to grow vegetables solely for Europe. Well and good for them and grape exporters but… According to government figures, around 43 per cent of children under the age of five years are malnourished and more than half of all pregnancy women aged between 15 and 49 years suffer from anaemia.

What does this program do to help these children get enough to eat?

France deport Saudi women for refusing to remove niqab – Bikya Masr

France deport Saudi women for refusing to remove niqab – Bikya Masr.

French know how to be dumb and un-stylish at same time… Saudi female activists have lashed out at the decision by the customs officials, saying it is more “French racism” toward Arab culture.

“What we are witnessing in France is an attempt to push Arabs from the country and to make them feel unwanted, which we are … we are not wanted,” said Salma Abdallah.

Abdallah, a Berlin-based university student told Bikyamasr.com that among her Arab friends, “we boycott France over its rulings and racism toward our culture and our beliefs.

“I don’t wear the veil and neither do my friends, but it is a right of a woman to do as she wants and wear what she wants,” she added.

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