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China Buying Global Food Supply?

Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2022
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by AMAC, Robert B. Charles
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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
Michael Thompson
2 years 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.

Jonathan Richards
Jonathan Richards
3 months ago

This is a stupid article, dishonest as it gets. The “facts are arresting” is not at all what the author claimed. Less then 1% of US farmland is owned by ANY foreign interest. China ranks #18 on that list of foreign owners.
“According to USDA’s latest AFIDA report, which is based on 2021 data, over 40 million acres of U.S. agricultural land are owned by foreign investors and companies. This corresponds to 3.1% of all privately held agricultural land and 1.8% of all land in the United States. Canadian investors own the largest portion of foreign-held U.S. agricultural land with 31% (12.8 million acres) of the total and 0.97% of all U.S. agricultural land. Following Canada, investors from the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom and Germany own 0.37% (4.9 million acres), 0.21% (2.7 million acres), 0.19% (2.5 million acres) and 0.17% (2.3 million acres) of U.S. agricultural land, respectively. Over 52% of the reported acreage was listed under the category that includes limited liability companies (LLCs), 32% was corporations (most of which were formed in the United States), 12% was partnerships, 2.3% was individuals and the remainder was split between trusts, estates, institutions and associations. Figure 2 further breaks down foreign-investor-held land by predominant origin nation.”
Now go look at the pie chart graph on the following link to get a far more accurate idea of what is true and what is not:
fb.org/market-intel/foreign-investment-in-u-s-ag-land-the-latest-numbers
China in fact owns just 0.03% of US agricultural land.
I won’t even bother addressing any of the other numerous lies posted in this article.

PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

RBC,

Much like there was no rational reason to allow China to be part of the WTO back in 1999, given the obvious potential threats most people in government and many in the private sector at the time recognized, there was certainly no rational reason to allow China to acquire a significant portion of American farmland, currently at 2.7 percent and rising, as well as participate in USDA programs funded by the American taxpayer. We have both seen how China has leveraged its Belt and Road Initiative to gain a foothold and then exert significant political and economic influence on the governments of target countries around the world since 2013. It has worked out great for China of course as they have greatly expanded their global influence, but it has been a total disaster for the people whose leaders fell for China’s pitch.

It would be foolish to NOT expect China would seek to leverage their growing ownership of American farmland over the United States in some meaningful way. At some point, when they have acquired a significant enough percentage of land, China’s tone will turn from being a somewhat cooperative economic competitor (hope you got the joke there) to demanding and likely getting a more direct role in our political decisions. While that may seem far fetched given how dependent we already have allowed ourselves to become on China over the last 30 years, we have both seen how China treats countries truly under their thumb. It is what the CCP has consistently done with all their dealings with the western world at nearly every turn. It would be foolish to ignore such recent history on the matter and think we are somehow immune, if we are foolish enough to allow things to progress to that stage.

So while there is a bill currently sitting in the Senate awaiting a vote that would make a good start at addressing this specific problem related to China (not sure Biden would sign anything that would rein in China though should in land on his desk), we as a country are instead mired in trying to fight off the continuing efforts of America’s Socialist Party to transform this country into something that would be much more reflective of the CCP’s China than the United States as founded via the so-called BBB and sarcastically named Voting Rights bills.

Bill T
Bill T
2 years ago

After this COVID 19 disaster it appears that the CCP has taken giant steps forward in global dominance. I personally wouldn’t TRUST them with anything as we already know they stole so much military and technology from our country, ( remember even the students who go to our university’s here are still under communist Chinese rule. There a motive for any and everything that there up to and after this WUHAN LAB LEAK and the obvious cover up by them , there threatening other countries and simply cannot be trusted with anything they do. It’s that simple.

LMB
LMB
2 years ago

After all of the flooding of a large majority of their farmland, it’s no wonder they are trying to buy up more country’s farmland and food sources in general. Congress needs to wake up and stop the rape of our country!

harry
harry
2 years ago

This may be why gates is buying up farmland. Speculating? Or, so the purchase is hidden from showing that china bought it. They will just buy it from him. Or, he is buying it, for them. People, i think we need food.

Markr
Markr
2 years ago

GREED and CORRUPTION are terrible human traits!

Jeb_sc@hotmail.com
2 years ago

I will continue to say…if you haven’t stocked your pantry and medicine cabinet by now you are clueless.

DJames
DJames
2 years ago

RBC, Your first two paragraphs says it all. Without courageous leadership to rally a massive resistance by the people to the CCP America is doomed.
…..It’s just a mater of time.

saltnlight
saltnlight
2 years ago

People really better start getting right with GOD. Before it is too late. Do it NOW!!!!!

ops
ops
2 years ago

Not to worry the corporations will further grease Communist China’s palm as they endorse their products spending millions at the winter Olympics. We are our worst enemy. Power and greed the two driving forces. Turned a blind eye to the atrocities in China as corporations rake in millions and not one word of punishing China for the virus Plan-demic that has wreck the lives of millions and the collateral damage that will follow. Globalists in charge with an ideology of a global society, a world without borders with China dominating the world stage. Why are our borders remaining open?

Pat Tomasello
Pat Tomasello
2 years ago

Why are we selling our country to China? This is outrageous and needs to be stopped. Wake up, Congress!

granny26
granny26
2 years ago

No person/entity except US citizens should be allowed to buy property in the US. And especially not Communist countries like China. Anything they make is crap and their food is poison.

Bernard
Bernard
2 years ago

“Getting right with God?” No offense, I am a believer, but that is not going to stop evil! God gave man the mandate to vanquish evil period! Good men have sat on their hands and allowed evil to flourish period. Man and, especially women who believe in CHOICE are especially guilty for the breakdown of the basic tenets of life! After all, when a woman decides to murder a fetus, she is the one with full control, MAN is just there to blame!

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

Read where Bill Gates was buying farmland too,

Susie
Susie
2 years ago

I agree with you Granny26, 100%
their mission is undeniable

Barb304
Barb304
2 years ago

Isn’t it a damn shame that our government is allowing our country to be sold right out from under us! All the elitists are getting richer by the minute while the rest of us are muddling through. Wonder where they’re going to go when this country is no longer fit to live in? Grrr!

paul
paul
2 years ago

as usual the so called gov and big business aka deep state is selling out america go figure

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
2 years ago

Chi-Coms are buying US farm land! They already own “US” meat packers. We had to buy both masks and drugs from them after THEY unleashed COVID. Why are “our” pols sitting on their backsides doing nothing?

KAJ
KAJ
2 years ago

That’s what happens when you let the commie dems steal elections/

MIKE FAILLA
MIKE FAILLA
2 years ago

wHAT IS CHINA DOING? PREPARING TO CONTROL WORLD ECONOMY…ITS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE…SAY IT WITH ME: GLOBAL DOMINATION. UNDER MARXIST RULE. WONT THAT BE JUST SWELL THERE KIDS ?

robert borchardt
robert borchardt
2 years ago

Why does the MSM remain silent on this? Only tell us what they want us to know. Biden is useless as usual. So frustrating.

Barb
Barb
2 years ago

If China is buying the global food supply for themselves, makes you wonder what they know, and what our own U. S. intelligence knows & is NOT telling us. Seems to be a big problem with our government, administration, right now, in not knowing what is going on or else trying to cover things up (like the recent Texas church incident), or not being honest with the American people. Who is going to live long enough to care, when different administration records become OPEN for public eyes? I can only imagine the bull and cover-up that will come forward then. Too late….. Anyway, maybe this is a signal for people to stock up on beans, rice, pastas, can meats.

LiamL
LiamL
2 years ago

I hope & pray this horrible fraudulent administration brings Americans together and we become self sufficient again. American manufacturing etc all back here. We should never depend on an evil empire to feed us, clothe us, medicate us, and supply our military. Sometimes I ask myself, just who is our enemy? I think that answer is becoming quite clear.

Kay
Kay
2 years ago

The communist regime today does not care about America or the people, it is a power stance to destroy us completely. We will permit China to buy our farms and complete manufacturing. What will we have left? Nothing but government ownership of our rights and privileges.

BwaHa
BwaHa
2 years ago

China’s buying our food out from under us and Biden and his “administration” are most likely encouraging it. After all, the more control the guv’ment has on us the more vulnerable we become.

FJB! LET’S GO BRANDON!

MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

Michael S. Stanley
Michael S. Stanley
2 years 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.

JulieML
JulieML
2 years 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

R.J. from Arizona
R.J. from Arizona
2 years 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,

Darrel
Darrel
2 years ago

We need to do everything we can to cripple China.

D.P.
D.P.
2 years 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”.

Skeptic
Skeptic
2 years ago

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

Myrna Wade
Myrna Wade
2 years 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.

Granny
Granny
2 years 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.

anna hubert
anna hubert
2 years 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

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
2 years 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.

Sean Richman
Sean Richman
2 years 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.

Douglas DeRoos
Douglas DeRoos
2 years 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.

HelenC
HelenC
2 years 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).

Judy
Judy
2 years 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!

Rosemary
Rosemary
2 years 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.

Marge
Marge
2 years ago

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

David Millikan
David Millikan
2 years 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.

Kevin
Kevin
2 years 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.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
2 years ago

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

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