WASHINGTON, District of Columbia — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (right) said land hoarding by leftist billionaire Bill Gates poses the “same concerns” as the acquisition by the Chinese Communist Party of US food producing land and assets.
Gates – who backs alternative foods and synthetic meat – has purchased thousands of acres of farmland in the United States and is currently the largest private owner of farmland in the United States.
Asked if she thinks Gates’ acquisitions pose a similar threat to the Chinese, Noem replied, “I think the same concerns and issues should be addressed in all of these situations.”
“I’ve spoken for over 15 years that I’ve worked on agricultural policy that I believe it’s a matter of national security,” she continued. “The reason we’ve always had different farm programs or situations with farm policy is that America has embraced – for years – a food supply chain that we believe should be diversified to keep it competitive. and to make sure that it was going to be affordable for everyone in this country to go to a grocery store and be able to buy their food, and that person wasn’t controlling it.
“So when you see the kind of concentration that we see, for example, in our meatpacking supply chain, or now in our fertilizer businesses and supplies, where they come from other countries, and then we see large tracts of land being bought up by one entity or another, and we start losing that diversity — that competition — which is very concerning,” she said.
Although the Chinese have not yet attempted to amass land in South Dakota, according to Noem, the state of Mount Rushmore has a legal provision prohibiting foreign countries from owning land beyond a certain threshold. Noem said his state legislature is reviewing these provisions to make sure they address foreign acquisition issues that other states are experiencing.
Another “national security threat” Noem addressed was the border and immigration, calling the border situation “literally a war zone”.
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She said she sent the South Dakota National Guard as well as Lakota helicopters to help states like Texas and Arizona, but she said the issue was significant in her state as well.
“Drugs and human trafficking are devastating to our state,” she said. “I have nine Native American tribes, and they are sovereign governments. I have no authority or jurisdiction over their lands. And much of the drugs and trafficking that flow throughout the Midwest are routed through my tribal reservations.
“So there’s very little law and order there,” she continued. “There’s a lot of poverty and wide open spaces, and we have some of the cartels that are in South Dakota on our reservation lands and a lot of these drugs are moving into those areas – and I have very little What can I do to fix it.
However, she said she was threatening state contracts and licenses for NGOs and nonprofits that facilitate illegal immigration.
Noem was speaking to a panel of reporters at the Young America’s Foundation’s 44th Annual National Student Conservative Conference in Washington, DC.
Breccan F. Thies is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.