Land Access in the News – Schumacher Center for New Economics

Land Access in the News

Articles that address the mounting problem of land inaccessibility and its consequences.

A Living Countryside: The Land Politics behind the Dutch Agroecology Movement
Members of Toekomstboeren: Jeannette Oppedijk van Veen, Leonardo van den Berg, Sijtse Jan Roeters, Jolke de Moel, Hanny van Geel; Transnational Institute


It is a challenge for farmers in agroecology movement in the Netherlands to gain secure access to land. In response, agroecological initiatives are implementing alternative systems of land tenure.

A New Generation of Black Farmers Is Returning to the Land
Leah Penniman, Yes! Magazine

Three farmer-led organizations are working to repair the harm to Black farmers over the past 400 years.

Land without Bread
Catherine Tumber, The Baffler

Climate change, economic inequality, and unsustainable development are shrinking the pool of arable, habitable land available.  We must address how to steward the land that remains.

What the Climate Crisis Means for Land Rights
Nathan Lobel,

The future will require civilization to meet its needs from a shrinking pool of land, all while efforts to mitigate the climate crisis  further increase demand for land. 

Kicked off the Land
Lizzie Presser, The New Yorker  

Between 1910 and 1997, African-Americans lost about ninety percent of their farmland.  Black land theft continues to this day at the hand of our  legal system.

This Land Was Your Land
Christopher Ketcham, The New York Times

The federal government has failed to protect public land from industry exploitation.

Want to tackle inequality? Then first change our land ownership laws
George Monbiot, The Guardian

Land is owned and managed by a wealthy minority. This has resulted in skyrocketing property costs, the collapse of ecosystems, repeated financial crises, and the loss of public space.

Who Gets to Own the West?
Julie Turkewitz, The New York Times

Billionaire landowners are buying up vast parcels of the West.

Ownership as Social Relation
Steve Dubb, Nonprofit Quarterly

Achieving greater social and economic justice is not just about changing who owns economic assets, but also changing what rights are associated with owning assets.