Touch the Soil News #1126 (Feature photo – Saudi Arabian Desert – CCA SA 3.0 Unported)
Saudi Arabia doesn’t have enough water or farmland to feed itself. It is a food-dependent nation of some 33 million people. Saudi tried to be more food self-sufficient by encouraging agriculture at the expense of using up four fifths of its total groundwater reserves by 2012.
Given the infiltration of speculation into the global food chain, Saudi wants to own or control farmland in other countries. Saudi Arabia is close to inking another deal in the Ukraine that would bring its farming operations there to almost 500,000 acres. That is equivalent to a farm that is 10 miles wide and almost 80 miles long. You can read the full story here:
At Issue, is not just that Saudi Arabia must go to the Ukraine to farm, but they are already here in the U.S. using precious water in Arizona.