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An Ethiopian billionaire’s outrageous land grab

Please note that the following article is based on the journalist’s assessment of what he regards as the likely amount of rice to be produced and exported by Saudi Star, and based on this assumption, his conclusion as to the likely water usage and ensuing impact on the River Nile. The figures provided and conclusions drawn are based upon this prediction rather than the current farming operations or figures provided by Saudi Star. These predictions and conclusions are strongly contested by Saudi Star, as explained in the letter to the editor available by following this link, which gives their…

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is a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine. His article “The Food Bubble” appeared in the July 2010 issue.

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