A South Dakota Congressman believes Bill Gates is buying up vast amounts of farmland in order to usher in a future in which red meat becomes too expensive for everyday people, forcing them to consume synthetic beef.
South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson is demanding Bill Gates be brought before a committee to explain why he is purchasing vast amounts of farmland in the United States while simultaneously saying Americans should not eat any meat.
As previously reported, Gates suddenly became America’s leading farm owner this year and owns close to 270,000 acres of land in the U.S. He has now been granted the legal authority to buy another 2100 acres in North Dakota despite protests by local residents.
Gates is circumventing a 1932 anti-corporate farm ownership law by pledging to lease the land back to farmers after the purchase is complete.
Now South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson is demanding Gates explain his plans for the vast tracts of prime agricultural land.
“It has become clear in recent reports that Mr. Gates is the largest private farmland owner in America – he now owns nearly 270,000 acres of farmland across 19 states. Comparatively, the average farm size in 2021 was 445 acres, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. I believe that Mr. Gates’ holdings across much of our nation is a significant portion that the Committee should not ignore,” Johnson wrote in a letter addressed to committee chairman David Scott.
Johnson also took to Twitter to ask how Gates buying huge quantities of farmland was consistent with him telling Americans not to eat meat.
“Bill Gates is the largest owner of US farmland. I’m curious what’s planned for this incredibly productive ag land given that he believes developed countries like America “shouldn’t eat any red meat.” How are his land purchases related to those aspirations?” asked Johnson.
Summit report: The Congressman also highlighted the meat issue in his letter.
“The Committee should be interested in Mr. Gates’ ownership and plans for his acreage, as he has been a leading voice in the push for ‘synthetic meat’. In 2021, Mr. Gates was quoted to say ‘all rich countries should move to 100 percent synthetic beef’ to combat climate change,” wrote Johnson.
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