He might’ve been kicked off his spot as the world’s wealthiest man by Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, but something tells me tech-giant-turned-agriculture-aficionado Farmer Bill doesn’t give a hootin’ heck.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has just been confirmed as America’s biggest farmland owner by The Land Report, with a grand total of 242,000 acres of farmland across 19 US states. (To put that into perspective, Canberra is around 200,000 acres.)
So, why should any of us care? Because hopefully, Bill’s got big and brilliant plans for all that dirt he’s bought. Though he hasn’t announced his intentions behind buying the land yet, his well-documented history of philanthropy through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (to which he and Melinda have donated $36 billion as of 2018) and his investments into agriculture and plant-based meat company Impossible Foods suggests it’s in capable hands.
Perhaps the biggest indicator that Gates could plan to use this land for regenerative agriculture is his farmland initiative Gates Ag One, whose mission is to assist ‘small-holder farmers adapt to climate change and make food production in low and middle-income countries more productive, resilient, and sustainable.’
Agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to climate change worldwide, accounting for around a third of man-made greenhouse gases, so if we’re going to save our planet, we need people with big bucks—can’t think of anyone better than a philanthropist with a net worth of $132 billion—and power to upend the entire industry.
If anyone can save us, it’s Bill.