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Another form of expulsion is land grabbing. States and corporations are buying up huge chunks of land in Africa, Asia and Latin America – about 200 million hectars so far. Especially the cultivation of agrofuels expells people from their land and creates monocultures. In the long run, more and more areas are converted into dead land. Among the biggest buyers are banks like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan as well as Hedge Funds.


Saskia Sassen, professor of sociology at Columbia University, New York, visiting professor at the London School of Economics, author of "The Global City"