Fortenberry would prevent China from buying US farmland – RIVER COUNTRY
“Anyone who dares to try,” President Xi told a cheering and choreographed crowd in Tiananmen Square, “will have their head banged against a great wall of steel forged by more than 1.4 billion Chinese.”
President Xi wants to project himself into the world as a scholar, wise, gentle, protector of Chinese ideals and culture. We wish to respect Chinese ideals and culture, especially the Chinese narrative around the foreign occupation, and hope for better relations. But China is playing a double game by using our free and open society.
Currently, there are no federal restrictions on the amount of land that can be held by foreigners. It was left to the states to set these limits. Six states –– Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Oklahoma –– currently prohibit foreign ownership of US farmland. When it comes to an issue that so directly affects national security, the supply chain, rural America, its values, its communities, its family farms, a piecemeal approach calls for a more national response. large.
With two-thirds of American family farms likely to change hands over the next few decades, some of that land could end up in foreign hands in perpetuity, with no chance of returning to the United States. When land is owned by outsiders, the benefits do not flow entirely to rural communities, further eroding rural life.
As the pandemic has shown, our nation had become overly dependent on drugs and personal protective equipment from the very part of China where the virus originated. As we seek to further outsource our manufacturing and production of medicines, we also need to look at the de facto export of our lands.
Fortenberry: “We can continue to wrestle with China’s advance, send more ships to the South China Sea, and continue to sate the contagious lust of globalized trade interests by slavishly embracing free trade without safeguards. Or we can protect our rural communities and safety by being smart, making sure that more of our products are made in America, and making sure that owning our land doesn’t become another unfair proposition for America. “