(Gregg Pupecki, Headline USA) Despite growing awareness of the precarious nature of America’s supply chain, congressional lawmakers continue to allow China to buy up premium real estate—including vast swaths of US agricultural land that could imperil the nation’s food supply.
“We cannot have China further manipulate our food supply at a time of looming scarcity,” noted Daniel Horowitz in The Blaze.
He warned that foreign investors currently owned about 35.2 million acres, or 2.7%, of US agricultural land.
Chinese investors were the largest group of foreign property buyers, purchasing $11.5 billion in 2020 alone, according to the to the National Association of Realtors.
Among its investments is some 192,000 agricultural acres in the U.S., worth $1.9 billion
In 2013, Chinese nationals purchased Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer.
The pork deal was valued at $7.1 billion, the largest acquisition of a U.S. company by a Chinese business at the time.
However, such leverage could also allow the communist regime to exert even more control over US affairs, as has been the case with its ability to pressure private US industry into backing radical leftist policies.
Ignoring the seriousness of the threat, politicians on both sides of the aisle have been slow walking legislation to protect critical food infrastructure across the country from being bought by China.
Some are now beginning to wake up, according to a report from the Center For Strategic & International Studies.
“Citing national security concerns, the House Appropriations Committee included an amendment in the recent Department of Agriculture-Food and Drug Administration spending bill that prohibits the purchase of agricultural land located in the United States by Chinese-owned companies,” said the report.
The House passed the agriculture appropriations bill in July; however, the legislation is currently stalled in the Senate.
Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, introduced an additional bill, H.R.3847, or the Securing America’s Land from Foreign Interference Act, which would codify the protections into law banning China from buying key pieces of infrastructure.
Meanwhile, several states, including Arizona and South Carolina, have pieces of legislation that would protect the food supply from foreign threats on a local level—but even they are mired in the legislative process.
“The politicians who don’t see the threat posed by the Chinese communist government owning vast amounts of American farmland are not paying attention,” South Carolina state Rep. Patrick Haddon told The Blaze.