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'land Grab' Fears Over Uk Crop-growing

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8218412.stm

2 minute piece about former agricultural land in Ukraine , derelict for 20 years, being put back to productive use (by a British firm). The leftist BBC spin on this is of course, land grabbing colonialism, aliens taking foreign soils from their rightful owners.

Despite the land being now more productive than ever Beeb make a cloying, sentimental ending showing a farmer ploughing a field using a donkey of some sort, to show the utter moral disgrace of putting capital into the hands of those who can use it best.

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Were told were running out of land and we cant feed the world.... but there is clearly alot of unused land around the world, this is just the start

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Spinks of Landkom has been a controversial figure for some time, but this story is just a product of the globalised world we now live in. We pay French and German companies for our electricity and gas. We talk to Indians in Mumbai when we ring our banks or ISPs. We import our fresh veg from Kenya and entrepreneurial Brits are growing food in the Ukraine.

If a Brit leases a chunk of unused Ukrainian land at a commercial rate, how is that collonialism?

I thought the piece was fair and balanced. THe Ukranian peasant farmer said he wished it was a Ukranian company but the people with the money have the power. No different to the UK.

Cocac-Cola ( a US company) sell lots of their sugary beverage in the UK, taking advantage of poor British consumers....Is that US colonialism?

Get over it.

Edit: I've just re read the op and re watched the piece that was on the news at ten. WHen I watched it first I must have had my BBC spin filters set to max.....pathetic journalism lots of good HPC terms too:

"Snapping up land" in the first few lines.

Some left wing academic twunt from the City University wheeled on to put the intellectual / moral perspetive at the end and the rapacious British landgrabbers interviews dropped on the cutting room floor and the only bit left in making the look like they are enjoying raping their host country.

Dispicable journalism IMO. Sorry Mr B for my misread. I have left all of my post in to show my mistake.

Edited by Hip to be bear

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Guy from Landkom says they lease the land in the Ukraine from the owners, they aren't 'grabbing' it at all. The land was doing nothing before.

It's a reversal of the French buying up land in Southern England for use as vineyards. A couple more degrees C shift upwards, apparently, and the climate will be ideal.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8218412.stm

2 minute piece about former agricultural land in Ukraine , derelict for 20 years, being put back to productive use (by a British firm). The leftist BBC spin on this is of course, land grabbing colonialism, aliens taking foreign soils from their rightful owners.

Despite the land being now more productive than ever Beeb make a cloying, sentimental ending showing a farmer ploughing a field using a donkey of some sort, to show the utter moral disgrace of putting capital into the hands of those who can use it best.

Derelict for 20 years you say? Not near a town called Prypiat is it?

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It's a bit rich the West lecturing the Ukraine about free markets and capital efficiency whilst the Common Agricultural Policy sees billions of euros spent each year protecting the EU's army of uncompetitive farmers.

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Were told were running out of land and we cant feed the world.... but there is clearly alot of unused land around the world, this is just the start

IIRC theres less land farmed in New england now than 200 years ago.

As i understand it the problem isnt land, theres plenty of land, its energy.

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