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Surge of investment in farming threatens £5trn catastrophe

Agriculture in UK and around world unable to recover costs from natural disasters because of speculative boom, warns report





TOM BAWDEN



FRIDAY 09 AUGUST 2013









The threat posed to agriculture by environmental hazards such as climate change and water scarcity is now so great that it could wipe as much as £5 trillion off the value of the world’s farm land, equipment and stock in any one year, a heavyweight study is warning.







Agriculture in the UK and worldwide is under huge financial and physical stress. A surge of investment on the back of a boom in the global food commodities market meets an increasingly precarious physical environment for farming – creating a dangerous asset bubble that threatens to burst, according to the Oxford University research.






As a result, the total value of the world’s estimated $14trn worth of “farmland assets and agricultural capital stock” could see trillions of dollars wiped off its value in a single year – with a one in 20 chance that the figure could hit $8trn …

10 Things That Could Go Horribly Wrong In China

MAMTA BADKAR



46 MINUTES AGO







REUTERS/China Daily

Fellow workers, a firefighter and doctors work together to cut steel bars which were pierced through a worker's body during an operation at a hospital in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, June 12, 2012.




The world has watched in awe for three decades as China emerged from obscurity to become the second largest economy in the world.






However, an economy that is so large and growing so quickly is inherently fragile.




The tiniest catalyst could trigger wars, bring down the government, or launch protectionist policies that could send shockwaves through the global economy.





We can think of at least 10 very realistic, destabilizing risks facing China right now.











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