This could well be where our world is headed: local communities deprived of their farmland by foreign corporations, courtesy of their own government. The new comers (agribusiness giants) get a killer deal; the host population gets nothing in return but empty promises. The Guardian has this revealing article about the situation in Ethiopia, an ancient hotbed of crop diversity. Bear in mind that similar situations exist around the globe, from Argentina to Madagascar.
Where does that leave us, consumers? Simply put, be aware of where your food comes from–easier said than done, obviously. If you must buy imported food, check its “fair trade” credentials. And be prepared to leave the store empty handed when necessary.