Since the global financial crisis and food riots of 2008, many hedge funds and investment companies are buying up farmland. Some consider it a better investment than precious metals. As one investor put it, you cannot eat gold.
While these big-name hedge fund managers like George Soros are buying up arable land everywhere, it is becoming scarce and more expensive. It may sound like material anxiety for devotees to worry about this. Shouldn't we know that Krsna is untimately in control?
Once, a devotee asked how we, as neophytes, can know if our anxiety is still material when we feel anxiety in devotional service. Srila Prabhupada replied: "No, no"– and he said that if you feel anxiety for Krsna, it is not material but love. As neophytes, we still feel anxiety for the Krsna consciousness of our children and the people of this world. We feel anxiety that the coming golden age within this Kali-yuga will transition easily. This is not material.
Vaisya devotees should be buying up these hugh tracts of land in their countries to put it to proper use. Devotees should settle on them, creating communities - as an investment in a future varnasrama society. Our brahmanas should advise and encourage our vaisyas in this way.