I’m not sure whether this is yet another bizarre example of how disparate (and desperate) our global food system (and economy) is, or whether it actually makes some sense. Perhaps both…
For you entrepreneurial types who want to work the land, and really like to travel, here’s the deal for you:
Buy or lease farm land in Pakistan now, and the Pakistani government will throw in a trained, local security force to protect your land (presumably from terrorists–will they also cover gophers and aphids?), along with a “legislative cover to protect investors from changes in the government.” That’s a great offer! (I wish the U.S. government would do something similar…hey, how about protecting small U.S. farmers from the terrorist-like tactics of Monsanto and its cohorts?)
But let’s not be overly cynical; I hear that poppies (probably not the kind we grow as our state flower) grow quite well in Pakistan’s warm climate, and can bring quite a return on investment. You could buy a lot of food with that money!