Fertile soil and cheap labor: unbeatable conditions of production for big companies. Demand is high, and the poor rural population is quickly expropriated.
Kurt Langbein shows the alarming results of this modern form of colonialism. Oil spills, ruthless production processes, inhumane working conditions in factories, overfished seas – for a long time, humankind and the environment have been paying the price for the continually increasing needs of a globalized society. Fueled by the need for ever more new and lucrative business sectors, there is a global hunt for fertile soil.
Around the globe, increasingly powerful investors keep buying more and more farmland. As a result, the remaining living space for the rural population dwindles drastically. The far-reaching consequences of this hunt seem difficult to understand from the outside. Not only does Kurt Langbein expose them, he also confronts us with the question of what price we are ultimately willing to pay for our consumer society and how much of our humanity we want to sacrifice for it.