1% of farms operate 70% of world's farmland

Found on The Guardian on Tuesday, 08 December 2020
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Since the 1980s, researchers found control over the land has become far more concentrated both directly through ownership and indirectly through contract farming, which results in more destructive monocultures and fewer carefully tended smallholdings.

The authors said the trend was driven by short-term financial instruments, which increasingly shape the global environment and human health.

"Grow or die" was a famous quote that had been used to force farmers to grow so they could stay competitive. This concentration makes it also easier to push prices down even more, so it's dangerous circle.