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on January 20, 2016 in World News

Saudis Have Been Buying up Drought Stricken American Farmland

By Joshua Krause As the Southwest grapples with a devastating multi-year drought, farmers in the region have expressed growing frustration over where their precious water is going. Namely, they’re upset by the fact that countries like Saudi Arabia have been buying up farmland in the US, and sending the food back to the Middle East. Two years ago, the Saudi food company known as Almarai bought 10,000 acres of farmland in Arizona for $48 million, and more recently purchased 1,790 acres in Blythe, California. These properties mainly grow alfalfa to feed Saudi Arabia’s dairy industry, and though Almarai is a… View Article

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