California Bill to Ban Farmland Sales to Foreign Governments

On Wednesday, California voted to approve a new bill banning sales of farmland to foreign governments. The measure looks to protect U.S. food supplies.

A similar bill was introduced on the federal level last month, largely to prevent Beijing from buying up U.S. land.

The author of California’s bill explained that food can and is being used as a weapon.

Beyond outlawing foreign purchases in the state, leasing, acquiring, or holding interest in farmland are also prohibited.

Under the terms of the bill, state-sponsored enterprises under the control of a foreign country are also included. They’re not allowed to hold ownership interests of 51 percent and up.

The bill also requires the U.S. State Department of Food and Agriculture to release annual reports on certain farmland utilization details.