RELEASE: Malaysia’s Global Oil Palm Rainforest Land Grab Just the Beginning of Larger Land and Water Scarcity Issues
PRESS/SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASE
Over-developed, over-populated, and land and water scarce Asian and Middle East nations embark upon global land grab to produce food and agrofuels; threatening global human rights, rainforest and other natural ecosystems, and regional and global ecological sustainability. Deadly global ecological issues require global citizens to unite in escalating protest action!
By Earth's Newsdesk, a project of EcoInternet (EI)
CONTACT: Dr. Glen Barry, firstname.lastname@example.org
Relatively rich countries in Asia and the Middle East, short of food and water at home, have leased or purchased more than 20 million hectares of farmland in Africa and Latin America, equal to 25 percent of Europe's farmland. This global “land grab” by foreign governments and companies is a result of last year's food crisis and a shortage of arable land and water. About one-quarter of these investments are for biofuel plantations [search]. EcoInternet's current global campaign against Malaysian oil palm plantations in the Amazon rainforests  fits within the context of this larger trend.