In April 2022, conspiracy theorists suggested that billionaire Bill Gates was buying up most of America’s farmland as part of a marginalized plot to cause a global food shortage. Now we have been able to know, thanks to a fact checker, that it is totally false.
Does Bill Gates Own Most of America’s Farmland? That is the theory that has been spreading especially in the United States, making its population believe that it is really true.
Everything stems from the researchers’ warning when checking the potential risk of a global food shortage, caused, above all, by the war between Ukraine and Russia. This alarms anyone if it comes from a reliable source, so the population, upon finding out and despite not being a current reality, began to mount their own conspiracies that went beyond the conflict.
In the wake of this uncertainty, unfounded rumors began to spread attempting to blame outside forces for any looming food shortages. One of these rumors claimed that there had been an unusual number of fires in food processing facilities in 2022. This has already been proven to be completely false.
However, the one that has attracted the most attention is the one that directly attacks Bill Gates. And it is that, many people began to point the finger at the favorite target of conspiracy theorists.
One of the most frequent claims related to him and possible food shortages is that the billionaire owns a suspicious amount of farmland in the United States. We find people claiming, for example, that Gates owns most of the farmland in America (80%, according to them) and that Gates is trying to buy all the farmland.
These statements are not true. Gates does not own nearly the majority of the farmland in the United States.
According to a 2021 report from the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Agricultural Statistics Service, there are 895,300,000 acres of farmland in the United States. Gates’ 242,000 acres represent about 0.03% of the total.
While many have also speculated that Gates’ land purchases were somehow related to his efforts to curb climate change, Gates has said the two are unrelated. It is simply an investment that he himself has recognized.
With all this on the table, the conspiracy is more than refuted. And it is that, in times of uncertainty, people often look for someone to blame, and the disseminators of false information are quick to say who they should point the finger at. Those fingers are often pointed at Gates.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism