The BBC reports that across the world the market for farmland is hot, and investors are driving up prices in a way that small and beginning farmers are often not capable of keeping up.
They interview an investor who looks at farmland as ‘mature’ when it’s big and believes farm sector consolidation is a reality – not a problem, and part of their 9-12% return on investment.
John Peck (Family Farm Defenders) disagrees. He argues that the doubling of farmland prices in the last decade is about carbon credits, subsidies, and investment, not growing food.
Others Speak of international issues regarding the loss of subsistence farming