Land Acquisitions for Food and Fuel
Large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) for the production of food, animal feed, and, especially, biofuel have become a controversial issue in global affairs, which are laden with massive ethical challenges. LSLAs, commonly referred to as “land grabbing,” are a worldwide phenomena, the incidence of which has risen sharply since the 2008 global food crisis and has been estimated to have surpassed the acquisition of over 150 million hectares of land worldwide. The contemporary global rush by investors and states to acquire high-quality agricultural land is linked to ethical concerns, for example, when land deals lead to the forced displacement of local populations that previously had customarily worked and subsisted on such lands previously or when domestic food production is displaced by biofuel...
KeywordsEthical Challenge Land Acquisition Land Deal Sovereign Wealth Fund Global Ethic
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