Oil Depletion and the Threat to Biodiversity and Food Security
In 2008 fuel prices spiked and the ensuing spikes in basic food prices led to the global food crisis: food riots in over 30 countries and an over tenfold increase in agricultural land acquisitions in developing countries – the ‘global land grab’. This project looks at the impact this has on biodiversity and ways in which this can be mitigated.
This rush of land acquisitions has been documented in a corresponding rush of publication, mostly in the social research literature. These papers have tended to focus on the human impacts of international expropriation of large tracts of land. This study will look at biodiversity impacts of land grabs and how these may be mitigated.