by Miguel Urioste F. de C.
Senior Researcher at Fundación Tierra
In the last two decades, the best agricultural lands in Bolivia have been put into commercial production by large-scale producers closely linked to foreign investors, particularly Brazilians.
Foreigners now control more than one million hectares of prime agricultural and ranching lands in Bolivia, primarily in the eastern lowland department of Santa Cruz, an important agro-export region dominated by transnational corporations and what has been termed “trans-Latina” corporations or TLCs. The rapidly expanding soy and ranching industries are the primary cause of deforestation and land use change in the country, at a high cost to the environment, national food security and indigenous peasant livelihoods.
By Mark Bittman, New York Times, June 25, 2013
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Are Mega-Farms the Future of Global Agriculture? Exploring the Farm Size-Productivity Relationship for Large Commercial Farms in Ukraine
Policy Research Working Paper 6544 by Klaus Deininger, Denys Nizalov, and Sudhir K Singh
Published by The World Bank Development Research Group
Agriculture and Rural Development Team
Produced by the Research Support Team
By VIJAY PRASHAD
CORPORATE farming is at its apogee in the United States. Small farmers, once the backbone of U.S. agriculture, find their livelihoods increasingly dependent on large companies. A handful of companies control the farm inputs and markets in the U.S.. For example, 10 firms control almost 90 per cent of the agrochemical market, a small number of firms control the pork-processing industry and two firms (Cargill and Continental) dominate the grain market.
Gretchen Lee Salter, Senior Program and Policy Manager, Breast Cancer Fund, June 13, 2012
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by Carmelo Ruiz Marrero, World War 4 Report
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Agricultural biotech corporate giant Monsanto pretty much has had its way in Puerto Rico since it first set up seed breeding operations in the island in 1983. But the last few months have seen a hailstorm of bad publicity and protests against the corporation’s local activities.