The title refers to the land grab of governments and other powerful entities around the world as they seek food and water outside their borders to meet increasing shortages. Halverson first dug into the story in 2014 after a Chinese company purchased Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer. Halverson’s reporting revealed that the $4.7-billion purchase wasn’t merely a business transaction. It had heavy support from the Chinese government. With the Smithfield purchase, China now controlled one out of four American pigs.
The Smithfield revelation began a seven-year journey captured by Cowperthwaite’s team that showcases investigative reporting at its best. Halverson and his colleagues follow a trail of money and resources to probe into the covert actions of the world’s most powerful countries. Those governments rarely admit vulnerability in public, but in private they are taking evasive action, knowing — as one analyst puts it — that any society is only nine meals away from chaos. In many parts of the world, that scenario is a lot closer than we think.
Yes, absolutely impossible. The only thing that can be teleported at this stage is a single particle, and the process of teleportation involves the destruction of that which is to be teleported. In other words, what we call teleportation in that regard is not really the transportation of matter over a large distance, but the destruction of a matter particle and the creation of a new and identical particle elsewhere.
Furthermore, the story in that link was already published in 2016 as — wait for it — an April Fools' Day joke...
Impossible indeed Frank, possible indeed also, one day.
Well, it certainly tickles the imagination to be able to beam over to some distant location one day the way they do it in Star Trek and similar franchises, but apart from the fact that quantum teleportation is — as I explained above — in fact not a form of transportation but rather the destruction of a particle and the creation of another, identical particle elsewhere, there are two very important considerations...:
We cannot do it with complex matter. We can only do it with a single particle.
Even if the above limitation were circumvented and we would somehow be able to do it with larger clumps of matter — not to mention that the human body is so complex that it would be pretty much impossible to achieve a 1:1 replication — there is also the question as to what would happen with one's soul, given that one's body would need to be destroyed in order for a new body to be created elsewhere.
What I think would be a more realistic way of approaching the ambition of being able to travel over vast distances (and across obstacles) — even though the word "realistic" should also be taken with a huge bucket of salt — is to think about space-folding.
Concretely, instead of being beamed up at one venue and beamed down at another venue, you would instead walk through a portal and instantly find yourself at another place. It would be not dissimilar to what is shown in the Stargate franchise, although the portals in Stargate are actually entrances and exits to wormholes, whereas I'm talking of folding space in order to bring two remote places in space right next to each other. So it would in fact technically be more closely related to the concept of an Alcubierre warp drive, but without that there is a spaceship involved. The concept was also featured in Star Trek a few times in the form of the Iconian Gateways.
Anyway, that all said, we're still a very long way from ever accomplishing anything even remotely like this technology, and given the geopolitical situation right now, there's even a very real chance that the whole of humanity will soon be saying goodbye to Planet Earth in a gigantic mushroom cloud.