FRANCE - Big Business Takes Over Farming

Arno Froese

Despite media concern about foreign companies acquiring farmland in France, it’s mainly French food firms that are buying up the countryside and taking to agribusiness. They want complete control of their production chains, as small farmers call it a day.

This is happening against a background of what may prove a decisive clash over the future of agricultural land ownership. International conglomerates, seeking advantage over producers, are getting involved in agriculture in the hope of securing control of entire production chains, not just the retail link. According to agronomists Geneviève Nguyen and François Purseigle, this dates back to the 2010s, when farms started to become just ‘one entity among others within industrial groups.’

Nguyen and Purseigle were among the first researchers to examine the phenomenon of vertical concentration, ‘from farm to fork,’ at a time when it was still regarded as less significant than horizontal concentration, agglomerating distinct sectors. 

-mondediplo.com, March 2022

Arno's Commentary

According to worldatlas.com, the top five wheat-producing countries in millions of tons are 1) China: 134; 2) India: 98; 3) Russia: 85; 4) USA: 47; and 5) France: 37. What these top-producing countries have in common is that major production is in the hands of international corporations. The family farm, unless it’s incorporated in one of these giants, no longer has a future.

Is it good or bad? The good is that with modern agricultural equipment and science-based agricultural techniques, today’s farmland globally produces more than ever before—a significant increase in high-quality crops. The bad is that old-fashioned family farms are on the way out. Welcome to globalism! 

Those of age remember the many headlines throughout the decades warning of the world’s over-population, and that there would not be enough food to feed the masses. That all has been proven wrong. Most industrialized countries the world over are experiencing a decrease in new births.

AgriMarketing.com reports: “In 1991, corn and soybeans accounted for 41% of the acres in field crops. This percentage has been increasing at a steady rate over time, reaching 55% in 2016.” Asking Google about corn yields per acre, in 1922, it was 26 bushels; in 2021, 177.

We are reminded here of Genesis 1:11-12, documenting God’s work on the third day: “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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