In the unprecedented turmoil our nation has faced in recent years, shortcomings in existing policy have been made painfully clear. The most alarming problems are those revealed within our food supply chain. These issues affect all Americans, but do the greatest harm to those already struggling with food security.
Mandated shutdowns, newly instituted governmental policies, and international disputes have forced American consumers to face the reality of severely disrupted supply chains and shortages of essential goods. Those issues offer just a glimpse of the deeper overall vulnerability of our national food security.
These crises have highlighted two related areas of increasing concern: reliance on foreign-based food sources, and foreign ownership of American farmland. These issues have been a concern of certain policymakers for some time. However, many Americans have been largely unaware of the impact that foreign ownership has on our food supply and food security.
Foreign-Owned U.S. Food Resources
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley’s website states:
“Food security is national security. If foreign buyers, especially those backed by government regimes, are buying up prime farmland in America as a strategy to dominate food production, there are obvious concerns about protecting our ability to feed our own people.”
According to the USDA, foreign ownership of agricultural lands,