In a recent meeting of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, Pennsylvania Democrat Senator John Fetterman expressed strong opposition to Communist China’s control over the American agriculture sector. Fetterman urged his Senate colleagues to support a policy of zero land ownership for the Chinese government and other U.S. adversaries in the agricultural industry. His comments shocked many, given his typically left-wing political leanings.
The discussion during the committee meeting focused on the foreign ownership of American farmland and its implications for national security and the food supply. Specifically, the meeting addressed the issue of Chinese-owned farmland in the United States, along with land owned by other foreign adversaries. This discussion set the stage for Senator Fetterman’s impassioned remarks.
“Fetterman stated that the Chinese government and other U.S. adversaries should own zero agricultural land in our country,” presenting a firm stance on the matter. He further highlighted the recent Chinese Communist Party demand for the return of panda bears from Washington, D.C.’s National Zoo to China, drawing a parallel between this issue and the seizure of Chinese-owned farmland in the United States. Fetterman boldly asserted, “We should take back all of their farmland.”
While Fetterman’s comments have stirred both liberal and conservative circles online, they showcase a unique intersection of left-wing and right-wing populism. Both sides agree that ownership and control over critical sectors such as American agriculture should not be in the hands of global groups of government and corporate elites.
However, it is important to note that the likelihood of Washington actually taking action to seize American farmland from CCP owners is currently quite low. The level of influence exerted by the Chinese Communist Party over the U.S. government is vast, as multiple investigations and reports have revealed. Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have been implicated in Chinese Communist influence operations.
These revelations highlight the complex challenges associated with addressing foreign ownership and control of American farmland. While there is growing bipartisan concern over the issue, meaningful action faces significant obstacles. Nevertheless, Senator Fetterman’s remarks serve as a reminder of the need to safeguard American interests and protect vital industries like agriculture from undue foreign influence.