Golf courses, developers nibble at Asia’s rice paddies
TANAH LOT, Indonesia (Reuters) - The tourists who tee off at this golf course on Bali’s west coast are probably unaware that the ground beneath their feet is connected to a global panic over rice supplies.
Once this golf course was a patchwork of rice fields. Now just a few remain, and villagers work as caddies or waiters at Le Meridien Nirwana resort and its Greg Norman-designed greens.
From Bali to Vietnam, rice paddies are being replaced by golf courses, hotels, villas and industrial parks as Asian economies surge ahead, the standard of living rises and locals opt for higher-paying, less labor-intensive work away from farming.
I’m sure this is only a small factor in the current food crisis, if it’s a factor at all – but in future more and more agricultural land will be converted, as has already happened in developed countries.
So who’s going to grow food when the whole world is “developed”?