"First Global Assessment of Land and Water 'Grabbing'"

"As world food and energy demands grow, nations and some corporations increasingly are looking to acquire quality agricultural land for food production. Some nations are gaining land by buying up property -- and accompanying water resources -- in other, generally less wealthy countries."

"Sometimes called 'land grabbing,' this practice can put strains on land and water resources in impoverished countries where the land, and needed water, has been 'grabbed' for commercial-scale agriculture.

A new study by the University of Virginia and the Polytechnic University of Milan, and currently published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides the first global quantitative assessment of the water-grabbing phenomenon, which has intensified in the last four years largely in response to a 2007-08 increase in world food prices."

Science Daily carried the U.Va. press release January 22, 2013.

Source: Science Daily/U.Va., 01/23/2013