Land grabs are closer than you think. Holes in international law mean we have very little way of ensuring that our supply chains and savings don’t link us to land that has been illegally or violently taken.
Land grabbing crises in Asia and Africa are closer than you think. We’re occasionally made aware of this – of how Coca Cola’s sugar was linked to land seizures and human rights violations or how European banks and pension funds are financing Wilmar – the world’s biggest palm oil company – to grab land in Uganda, for example. But more often than not we are oblivious to the social and environmental footprint of our everyday life choices.