MRCC has been working to stop foreign corporate ownership of MO farmland since 2013–the year the legislature passed a bill that opened up 289,000 acres of Missouri farmland to foreign corporate interests. We got then-Governor Nixon to veto the bill, but the legislature voted to overturn the veto. Since then, bills have been introduced every year to try to fix the problem, but the legislature has not been willing to get the job done. Here’s our take: “Foreign ownership of Missouri farmland “ is a symptom of an even larger problem — the corporate, multinational takeover of our farm and food system,” noting that 50% of U.S. pork production is controlled by two foreign companies. “We need our elected representatives to pass laws that support family farmers and consumers, our rural communities and economies, and a safe, decentralized food system.”

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