Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri introduced a bill this week to ban Chinese corporations and any individuals associated with the Chinese Communist Party from owning farmland in America.
"Hawley introduced the This Land is Our Land Act to stop Chinese corporations and individuals associated with the CCP from owning farmland in the U.S., following through with what he promised to do last month, just days after a Chinese spy balloon flew over the continental U.S. for days — before it was shot down over the Atlantic Ocean by U.S. military," reported Breitbart.
"No Chinese corporation or individual associated with the CCP should be permitted to own American farmland," Hawley said.
"It undermines the integrity of our nation’s food supply chain," Hawley added, "it presents national security threats when the land is in close proximity to military installations, and it hurts American farmers."
What is abundantly clear after Biden’s Chinese spying debacle is that no Chinese corporation should be permitted to own American farmland. I’m introducing legislation to stop it. Protect American farmers
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) February 7, 2023
"The senator’s legislation, if passed, would ultimately prohibit Chinese corporations and individuals affiliated with the CCP from being allowed to acquire or lease any U.S. agricultural land, require those prohibited by the bill to divest ownership of any U.S. agricultural land within two years, and establish civil fines and criminal penalties for noncompliance, including forfeiture," reported Breitbart.
The legislation defines agricultural land as:
(i) land used for farming, ranching, or timber production;
(ii) land used for food processing; and
(iii) land that—
(I) is currently idle; and
(II) was used within the previous 5 years for farming, ranching, or timber production.