By Tom Philpott

Source: Grist

As it has come to dominate the agenda for reshaping African agriculture over the years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been very careful not to associate itself too closely with patent-protected biotechnology as a panacea for African farmers.

True, the foundation named 25-year Monsanto veteran Rob Horsch to the position of “senior program officer, focusing on improving crop yields in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Yet its flagship program for African ag, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), explicitly distances itself from GMOs. “AGRA does not fund the development of GMOs,” the organization’s Web site states.

But AGRA—co-funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, proud sponsor of the original Green Revolution—is just part of what Gates does around African ag. What precisely is the foundation getting up to over there? Is it pushing GMOs on African smallholder farms?

[I have a call into the foundation to ask directly about the role GMOs play in its efforts. I’ll report on the response.]

It has been surprisingly hard to say. Until now.

In a speech at the World Food Prize gathering last week (see video below), Bill Gates himself chided the critics of GMOs—and shed some sunshine on the foundation leadership’s philosophy on ag development. At one point, he declared, “some of our grants [in Africa] do include transgenic approaches, because we believe they have the potential to address farmers’ challenges more efficiently than conventional techniques.”


Barb’s note: This is not surprising at all. In fact, Bill Gates is up to his eyeballs in GMO, as he and his partners –  the Rockefeller Foundation, Monsanto Corporation, Syngenta Foundation, and others, have invested in a doomsday seed vault in the arctic “just in case” they need to re-seed the planet when their genetically modified experiments on humanity wipe out the “little people.”

Go HERE for an excellent article by F. William Engdahl. Also, go HERE for my own take on the method and madness behind the reasons for the vault, which just happens to contain only non-GM seed, and to get a look inside.

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One Response to “Bill Gates reveals support for GMO ag”

  1. amicus curiae says:

    Good on you for outing them Barb!
    I found it laughable when the Italian GM Corn mob proposing a Vit A corn, stated that the white maize , eaten mainly by the Aficans had: NO Nutritional value at all: and that maize is..yup a Mon GM product..hmm?
    of course Monmongrels never responded to any questions about that.
    Hope you don’t really expect a reply? this century.