Recent research points out that 1% of farms operate 70% of world’s farmland and that this growth in land inequality is exacerbating the negative impacts of climate change.
“Since the 1980s, researchers found control over the land has become far more concentrated both directly through ownership and indirectly through contract farming, which results in more destructive monocultures and fewer carefully tended smallholdings.”
“The concentration of ownership and control results in a greater push for monocultures and more intensive agriculture as investment funds tend to work on 10-year cycles to generate returns.”
“This is also connected to social problems, including poverty, migration, conflict and the spread of zoonotic diseases like Covid-19.”
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