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How City financiers, Chinese billionaires, oil sheikhs and agribusiness are buying up our hungry, crowded world. Brilliant, trail-blazing reportage.
Fred Pearce is the environmental and development consultant for New Scientist and writes regularly for the Guardian. He has won many awards including UK Environmental Journalist of the Year. In 2011 he received the ABSW Science Writers' Lifetime Achievement Award. His previous books include When the Rivers Run Dry - voted among the all-time 'Top 50' books by Cambridge University's Programme for Sustainable Leadership - The Last Generation, Confessions of an Eco-Sinner - longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize - and Peoplequake. i>
"Brilliant: Fred Pearce has lifted the lid on an issue that has yet to register with most people. Anyone who cares about the fate of the planet should read this." -- Chris Mullen "Fred Pearce is at the nexus, brilliantly reporting on the biggest swindle of the 21st centurey. He is without peer." * Susan George, author of HOW THE OTHER HALF DIES * "compelling and well-researched" * Nature * "A very important piece of work." * Tony Benn * "This is just what the world has been waiting for-a detailed overview of the land grabs that are the principal manifestation of a new geopolitics of food." * Lester R. Brown, President of Earth Policy Institute and author of World on the Edge *