Monsanto and Gates Foundation Push GE Crops on Africa
Tuesday 12 July 2011
by: Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

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Skimming the Agricultural Development section of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation web site is a feel-good experience: African farmers smile in a bright slide show of images amid descriptions of the foundation’s fight against poverty and hunger. But biosafety activists in South Africa are calling a program funded by the Gates Foundation a “Trojan horse” to open the door for private agribusiness and genetically engineered (GE) seeds, including a drought-resistant corn that Monsanto hopes to have approved in the United States and abroad.

The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) program was launched in 2008 with a $47 million grant from mega-rich philanthropists Warrant Buffet and Bill Gates. The program is supposed to help farmers in several African countries increase their yields with drought- and heat-tolerant corn varieties, but a report released last month by the African Centre for Biosafetyclaims WEMA is threatening Africa’s food sovereignty and opening new markets for agribusiness giants like Monsanto.

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One Comment to “Monsanto & Gates Foundation push GE crops on Africa”

  • a couple years ago, gates was being charged with tax evasion by IRS for having his ‘non-profits’ buy from his profits and back and forth… GMs for africa… let’s really wipe em out like we did with those WHO smallpox vaccinations that were heh exact path of AIDS shortly after…

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