Thursday, July 28, 2011

Prairie land up for grabs?

Profs in the City

'The "Land Grab" Comes Home: New Forms of Corporate Investment in Prairie Agriculture', by Andre Magnan (Sociology, UofR)

Tuesday August 9, 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Place: Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum 
1856 Scarth St., Regina, on the second floor

Rural sociologists have long puzzled over the fate of the 'family farm' in advanced, capitalist economies. Magnan explains that agriculture is one of the few economic sectors still mostly made up of small, independent economic actors - family farmers.

Traditionally, corporate interests have shied away from directly investing in food production because of the inherent risks of farming. What then, asks Magnan, explains the recent surge in corporate investment in prairie farmland and farm production? He will explore this issue by highlighting the case of One Earth Farms, a corporate mega-farm, and new prairie farmland investment trusts.

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