For Immediate Release
Land "Grabbing" Grows as Agricultural Resources Dwindle
As global agricultural resources shrink or shift, countries are crossing borders to obtain new farmlands
WASHINGTON - Since 2000, more than 36 million hectares---- an area about the size of Japan---- has been purchased or leased by foreign entities, mostly for agricultural use. Today, nearly 15 million hectares more is under negotiation (www.worldwatch.org).
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