I don’t know about you, but I don’t know too many PC nerds and geeks who are interested in a life outside toiling in the fields…
So, what the heck is Bill Gates doing right now?
Here’s the scoop – Gates has bought up so much US farmland 0- over 240 thousand acres, that he’s now the single-biggest American private farmland owner in the country.
What gives? I thought this guy was a “philanthropist,” not a farmer.
What is he up to?
The Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates owns 242,000 acres of farmland in the US, making him the largest private-farmland owner, an analysis by The Land Report found.
Gates, whose net worth of nearly $121 billion makes him the world’s fourth-richest person, and his wife, Melinda Gates, hold an extensive farmland portfolio stretching over 18 states, according to The Land Report.
The Gates family’s biggest holdings are in Louisiana (69,071 acres), Arkansas (47,927 acres), and Nebraska (20,588 acres), the report said.
Their farmland is held both directly and through Cascade Investment, a firm controlled by Gates to manage his investments, according to The Land Report.
Gates also owns several thousand acres of transitional land. The Arizona Republic reported in 2017 that about 25,000 acres near Phoenix that Cascade Investment bought a “significant stake” in were being transformed into a suburb with space for 80,000 homes; more than 4,000 acres for schools, offices, and stores; and 3,400 acres of open space.
Gates’ farmland ownership isn’t entirely surprising. In 2017, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $300 million over three years to support research to help low-income farmers in Asia and Africa adapt to climate change.
The following year, the Gates Foundation announced it would invest $40 million in research to help breed chickens that lay better-quality eggs and cows that produce more milk for farms in South Asia and Africa.
Here’s what some people are saying about this very strange move:
““It’s 2030, you’ll own nothing and you’ll be happy” The Great Reset”
“So he can give food to China while Americans starve.”
“If I had my tinfoil hat on extra-tight, I might imagine that he’s preparing to experiment with some dystopian urban planning blueprint, which might involve including a chunk of farmland for some measure of sustainable self-sufficiency.”
“Because in the future, all the few billionaires will control the farmlands and will feed us with what they want and the middle-class will live in the cities under control and restrictions, that is the great reset planned for decades”
“He has big plans for the CCP farmers.”
“Gotta have somewhere to bury the bodies from his vaccines….”
“I will have something to do with a biotech chip implant. Gates is all about writing code for humans.”
“he can then create food shortages when he wants..”
Very strange indeed.
But, it’s this type of stuff that we need to pay attention to and dig around and see what’s up before we just get blindsided by it down the road.
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