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China Buying Global Food Supply?

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What is China doing? First, they declare the goal of world dominance, then ramp up military spending, ICBM deployments, militarize artificial islands, test space weapons, a hypersonic weapon, swamp Hong Kong, threaten Taiwan, spread a deadly virus, lie about that, manipulate world trade, traffic fentanyl, and create Western reliance. Now what?  

China’s latest move is edging toward control of food production by buying up and dominating farmland. This is not just a passing fancy, something the West can ignore. The issue is key.

Facts are arresting, yet one hears nothing from Congress or Biden on this. Beyond seeking to monopolize the production of semiconductors, supply chains, and minerals, China is creating a reliance on the food supply. How?  

China’s overseas direct investment in “food-producing acreage” has grown tenfold in ten years. By 2020, China had amassed 35.2 million acres, 2.7 percent of US farmland. China’s food-producing acreage grew an average of 2.3 million acres per year since 2015, even as China bought food producers in America’s Heartland. See, e.g., Foreign Purchases of U.S. Agricultural Land: Facts, Figures, and an Assessment of Real ThreatsForeign Holdings of U.S. Agricultural Land; Despite holding little US land, China remains focus of foreign ownership discussion.

As the Chinese-origin pandemic has raged and meat availability in the US hit snags, China shipped US production of pork to China, away from the US. Is that a big deal? In one sense, no, in another absolutely. It signals a new vulnerability – a national security issue.

Experts say, even as China gobbles up food production globally, the issue is not imminent but foreboding. Chinese food control is not yet a threat, but that could change. We are dependent on many areas, such as pharmaceuticals. Food could be the next chokepoint.

Today, China controls 191,652 acres of US farmland, worth over $1.8 billion. Legislation is being lofted to reduce US dependence on China for our food, but China is on a tear. See, e.g., China is Coming for American Farms | Opinion.

One bill would bar businesses owned by the Chinese government from buying US farmland and participating in USDA programs. Bipartisan, it cleared the House in 2021, part of the funding for USDA. The bill is bicameral, led by Dan Newhouse (R-Wash) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Other bills are beginning to emerge. See, e.g., Lawmakers Seek to Curb Chinese Ownership of US Farmland.

The main point is this. The tiger’s stripes do not change, nor do China’s intentions. They vector to security, creating a threat to the security of others, now even food security. A reason to panic? No. Reason to stay vigilant – and focused on – Communist China’s actions and intentions? Yes.


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Michael Thompson
4 months ago

This article is full of so much nonsensical economic stupid I hardly know where to start!
You can’t “monopolize the production of semiconductors, supply chains, and minerals” (The Japanese tried this in the 80’s, lost their ass, and gave the US pretty much market dominance for Intel because ALL of Japans R&D was going to “monopolize” the equivalent of the buggy whip market of low end computer chips. Along with that it gave Americans incredibly cheap tech so it spread throughout our economy, faster than it normally should have, and made us more productive, faster than it normally should have. I only HOPE China dominates those markets just as Japan did! 0.0 ). Once they start trying to raise prices competitors come in. Even if there are literally non when they start to raise prices there is ALWAYS someone willing to move in (Just look at the restaurant business for example).
John D. Rockefeller tried explaining this to his partners but they wanted to do these asinine things anyway so he bought them out rather than run his company into the ground. When Standard oil started (1870) the price of a barrel of oil was over $9. By the time they broke up standard oil it was “gouging” people at less then 1! >.< Here is a chart showing this from an Anti Rockefeller article assets.winton.com
To learn more about how economically incompetent this author is, glance at the book “Economics in One Lesson” by Henry Hazlitt
And if you are looking for ways to reduce the influence of the powerful, and at the same time increase your own, then go to Thoughtsonfreedom.xyz for a list of them.

Robert Zuccaro
4 months ago

Judging from Washington’s response to Chinese global expansion/influence, time to start learning to speak Chinese, I guess….

Kevin
4 months ago

Maybe Chinese land should be bought. Something tells me Americans can’t buy land there. And who would want it. Turnabout is fair play though. The Chinese should not be allowed to buy land here. Ever. What a travesty.

HelenC
4 months ago

Chinese BILLIONAIRE Sun Guangxin bought 15,000 acres in Vol Verde, TX, near Laughlin Air Force Base (training ground for US military pilots) in secret purchase. Ted Cruz and John Cronyn have condemned purchase. No news if purchase can be reversed. Sun has ties to CCP (Chinese Communist Party).

Douglas DeRoos
4 months ago

Why does the article say 35 million acres in one paragraph then 191 thousand in another. Assume the first figure was for the world.

Rosemary
4 months ago
Reply to  Douglas DeRoos

Great catch! ‘By 2020, China had amassed 35.2 million acres of U.S. farmland’, then ‘Today, China controls 191,652 acres of US farmland’. To me, that means that in about one year, they either lost control of, or delegated control of, 35,008,373 million acres, both of which seem highly unlikely. Hasta either be unclarified statement(s) or error.

David Millikan
4 months ago

Our Penicillin has been manufactured in China since 2004. I have raised Hell with Congessmen and Senators over that being a THREAT to National Security and China still manufactures our Penicillin today. Even Tylenol is manufactured in China.
Hospitals and Pharmacies across the United States BUY their DRUGS including MASK from China.
How BIG does the FIRE have to be before you put it OUT?
Especially, when it should NOT happened in the first place.

Dee
4 months ago
Reply to  David Millikan

You are absolutely right. Why are the alarms not going off everywhere. Our leaders are putting us all in danger.

Phillip Ridenour
4 months ago
Reply to  Dee

Could it be, hmmm, money? We’ve got McConnell married to a woman from a wealthy Chinese family and Hunter Biden and the Big Guy in bed with Xi. Fire? What fire? Doesn’t matter whether they’re Democrat or Republican they screw their constituents to line their pockets.

Marge
4 months ago

Why is this not on the local news stations? Is this why are shelves are empty?

David Millikan
4 months ago
Reply to  Marge

Local News is only good for watching weather and that’s it.
Watch ONE AMERICA NEWS and NEWSMAX if you want to know what is really going on.

Joe Fitzsimmons
4 months ago
Reply to  David Millikan

Sky news out of Australia is a good also ????

Rosemary
4 months ago

For some time, I’ve been following liberal elite globalist Bill Gates’ farmland purchases and treasonous business, personal, and financial connections with China. I immediately thought of his strong China affiliation when I read this article, and wondered how much he’s had to do with China’s overtaking America’s land and businesses. I fear that the elite globalist have made steady progress while we common proletariats were blinded to their accomplishments, and I believe that Trump was our beacon of hope to exposing what they’ve done to our country and the rest of the free world. “Where have you gone, Joe Dimaggio?” = where have all the great heroes gone? Unless we get non-globalist, pro-American, God-fearing, elected officials in office, I think we’ll be in foul shape.

Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Rosemary

I agree, I also suspect Gates is working with China and has been for decades. There are so many Congressmen in the pockets of China so they’ll make noise but won’t do anything. Too many traitors in the House and Senate! Get rid of all of them. All Congressmen should have to reveal their finances to the public and all Congressmen should have background checks before being elected!

Rosemary
4 months ago
Reply to  Rose

Great Roses think alike! :D3

Pat R
4 months ago
Reply to  Rosemary

I too have been suspect of Gates buying up farms in the US. Figured he’s looking to control food supply himself. He and Soros work together, as do he and Warren Buffett on occasion, tho not often.

Judy
4 months ago

In the Old Testament of the Holy Bible is scriptures for our learning which mentions God’s anger towards nations of people who were His enemies because they refused to acknowledge Him as the only one true God. They worshipped idols made of wood and stone. These nations were a thorn in Israel’s side and a constant problem for the people of Israel. God’s people had a short memory because witnessing all that the LORD God did for them, whenever they were without food or water they began to murmur against God and His Prophets. It angered the LORD, but when His Prophets would pray for the people, God relented. There were other times that God did not and His anger was kindled greatly against Israel, especially when one of their King’s would not honor Him, causing the people of Israel to sin a great sin.
‘Sometimes God used Israel’s enemies to punish them.’ As long as the people of Israel worshipped their God in holiness, He protected them…even fought some of their battles for them. But as soon as they slipped again into sin, they were at the mercy of their enemies, who were not merciful at all. Thousands of Israel’s people died, including brutality against their women and children. Is God going to use China, our enemy, against us…to destroy this nation?
The Bible speaks of God’s people being stiff necked and hard of heart. This is a problem in America as well. People are committing abominable sins, such as what Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for.
When a nation raised up and blessed by God turns her back to Him, claiming she no longer needs Him and becomes proud and lifted up against our God, His Word tells us she will be destroyed with a bessom of destruction from His presence. ‘In one hour her destruction will come to pass.’
In the book of Revelations she is called, ‘MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS’…and in one hour her destruction will come.
I’ve not wanted to believe that what I read was about our own country. But what appears to be happening in this country seems very close to what is written about that nation God will destroy.
Our country should be drawn upside down on a world map at this point.
I pray we as a nation still have hope, and God will turn us back to Him. We as Christian’s have hope, but some of our loved one’s are still very lost without Christ, and it breaks my heart. I pray for their souls, that they will be saved before He comes for His Church.

May God have mercy and help us all!

ops
4 months ago
Reply to  Judy

When was the last time you have heard the words God, Family or Patriotism from this admin.
God ….has become the Government
Family…. as the Government so defines it to be
Patriotism …..where one does not have to stand or recite the pledge and standby as historic monuments are destroyed without consequences. These 3 words were the core of Trumps admin.

Abortion the PC word for murder and a woman’s right under law. Amazing how one can justify murder when God is no longer part of the conversation. LIFE, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness!!!!
God gave us the nuts…it is up to us to crack them. How does one reverse moral decay in society and in DC?

Judy
4 months ago
Reply to  ops

Understand where law and order and morality came from in the first place….to start.

Jeni
4 months ago
Reply to  Judy

Judy~ You are spot on, my mother has said much of the same you have said in this message. She tells me this all the time. The Mystery Babylon us USA.

Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Judy

So true. This is why all Christians need to fast and fervently pray for all Americans to seek God’s face, humble themselves before Him, and repent of their sins. We all need to pray as Daniel prayed. God tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” Our nation needs to turn back to God. All of the sins and immorality that have over taken America, including millions of aborted babies, homosexuality, sex outside of marriage, the LBGT movement, murders, rapes, idol worship, etc., has caused God to turn His face away from America. I’ve heard several ministers who preach according to the Word, say they think we are in the last days. The Bible tells his people what to look for in the end times. However, I’m hearing of a revival among Christians with more returning to churches, which feels me with joy. We know that God doesn’t wish for anyone to perish, which is why He is so patient with the world. Perhaps if God’s people turn back to Him, He will delay Judgement Day so more can be saved. All Christians, including myself, need to spread the Gospel to our dark and dying world.

Sean Richman
4 months ago

The answer is simple no sale to foreign interests,friend or foe.I know that it will anger what few friends we have,but if it saves AMERICA,so be it.How many other countries sell their countries to their enemies.

ops
4 months ago
Reply to  Sean Richman

The rich Globalists driven by power and greed are unfortunately in charge as they push their agenda of a world without borders. Trump was a protectionist for America and not a Globalist and for that he was under attack from the very start. Biden and his VP are nothing more than bobbling heads in the WH controlled by the puppeteers in the backroom pushing that agenda. Why would any President not secure our borders? Why would any President reverse our policy on oil and now thank OPEC for the oil that costs us $85+ a barrel when we have plenty here in the U.S.?

Kellie
4 months ago
Reply to  ops

We had plenty of oil til Biden blew through half of it last month!!! FJB

Tim Toroian
4 months ago

The question is why the hell are selling it to them? Shades of pre-WWII days of selling scrap steel and oil to Japan.
Hubert is right about South America and Africa.

anna hubert
4 months ago

Quiet Chinese is quite busy colonizing somehow it went unnoticed for a long while in Africa possibly S America and now we opened our eyes? Wee bit late I’d say who is going to stop them now

Granny
4 months ago

Research how many food companies China already owns. The latest requisition was Smithfield Pork and all it’s properties. This is one of the largest pork producers in several states.

Myrna Wade
4 months ago

Some of the acreage China bought in Texas is being filled with solar panels. No doubt they plan to sell the power to US. I think they have their own landing strip. When solar panels reach the end of their usefulness (like light bulbs and batteries) those old panels become garbage. They can’t be accepted in landfills–especially “green new dealer ” landfills. I do not believe anyone has determined the full set of plans nor have they calculated the actual cost. A few trillion $ will not cover it.

Skeptic
4 months ago

They cannot export the land and can’t export food produced on it if we do not let them. This crap ends soon.

Xtech
4 months ago
Reply to  Skeptic

This crap NEEDS to end soon, but it won’t under the Marxist Democrats. Average Americans need to rise up in unity against this Marxist takeover of our country in numbers they can’t ignore!

D.P.
4 months ago

I have never liked the idea of foreign ownership of any, ANY land, company, or asset in our country. It’s like having non=-citizen voters but with more than poliitical clout……there ought be a complete ban on foreign ownership of any property, asset, or company that is or has been solely American. I know that means some financial hardship and trouble but it could also mean the loss of this nation by means we will be hard pressed to stop. We already have too many foreign fingers in our national “pie”.

Ken
4 months ago
Reply to  D.P.

Agree

Kellie
4 months ago
Reply to  D.P.

100%

Darrel
4 months ago

We need to do everything we can to cripple China.

R.J. from Arizona
4 months ago

Who are the land owners that are selling their land to our enemy? I would turn my land into a landfill before I would sell to China,

Barb
4 months ago

Hey R.J. from Arizona, good to see you out there communicating, my friend. The land being sold to the enemy is land that “the kids don’t want” or “we just cannot afford to be farmers any longer, not enough pay or help”. In traveling, we’ve seen lots of farmland being taken over as businesses being built right in the middle of the wheat, corn, fields. Farmers are getting older, too much for them to handle, and just want out from under it. Check out Mississippi, Hwy 61 heading south out of Memphis, or Interstate 55. This is happening in every state from east to west coasts. Take care….

Xtech
4 months ago

The same reason folks are selling their houses to massive corporations, instead of private buyers; they make them an offer too good to pass up! Follow the $$$$

John D. Beach
4 months ago

Try turning it into a garden. It makes far more sense.

Boomer
4 months ago

I see dairies leaving due to regulations making it too costly. Permits from multiple agencies for having the cows cross a seasonal drainage in the summer is one small example.
We have tried to regulate to environmental perfection and made global pollution worse by driving production to other countries with no environmental regulations AND adding the pollution caused by shipping.
Minimum wage proposals of $15 hour? How many Foreign factory workers would that hire?
My doctors office said they are out of some injectables and IV supplies. Get antibiotic production back in the USA.
Saw a catalog selling electric fence but many items can’t be shipped to California, probably due to prop 65. Even insulators, some plastic, that attach to fence posts.

JulieML
4 months ago

The Natural Resources Analysis Group is responsible for the implementation of the law and regulations as they relate to foreign ownership in United States (U.S.) agricultural land.
The Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) became law in late 1978. State Executive Director Blong Xiong Davis, California 95616-4161

Michael S. Stanley
4 months ago

China, is engaged in an asymmetrical war with the west. Any and all means of exact a priced from the rest of the world. In the case of the United States we are under a constant chemical attack, humane wave assault unlike any we have seen in the history of the world. We are also in the mist of the greatest act of treason by a Presidential Administration and their minions in the history of the worlld.

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