For two years, local activists on a shoestring budget have been trying to document connections between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Monsanto, the company vilified by some for its heavy involvement in genetic engineering of crops.
That all changed with the news, reported by The Wall Street Journal last week, that Monsanto was among the foundation's most recent portfolio investments. A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission says the foundation bought 500,000 shares of the stock between April and June; on Friday, the total value was $27.6 million.
Another Gates foundation, cohort in control of the food crime syndicate, none other then the Rockefeller foundation.
The foundation, (Gates) along with the Rockefeller Foundation, created the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), aimed at alleviating hunger by boosting farm productivity.
The name itself gave some people pause. An earlier Green Revolution that started nearly 70 years ago had similar aims.
Some say that by introducing high-yield crop varieties it averted widespread famine in India and Mexico and helped those countries become more self-sufficient. Critics, on the other hand, say it led to lasting environmental damage and displaced small farmers, to the benefit of corporations that started up large-scale industrial operations.
And all these years later, who benefited from this earlier "green revolution"?
Factory farms. Food Control/modification corporations such as Monsanto.
If that was your answer, well, you were right!
No, no benefit. Starvation has grown, food quality is worse, etc. etc.,
Back to the Rockefeller foundations earlier "green revolution"
But over time, the work has been increasingly tied to large-scale industrial agriculture and has pushed the use of genetically modified crops.
To make money and control food.....
To the Gate's foundation-
The Gates Foundation gave a $42 million grant to the African Agricultural Technology Foundation to develop new varieties of drought-tolerant maize in a partnership with Monsanto. The new varieties are expected to be available in about seven years and will be royalty-free for small-scale farmers in Africa, the Gates Foundation spokeswoman said.
Royalty free? So says the spokeswoman for the Gates Foundation, who is going to do nothing but spin. Is this true? Is there any reason to think it is true?
Recall this news in India? Farmers committing suicide in India
Now, why would anyone believe the seed would be royalty free to farmers in Africa???
With giant seed companies displacing cheap hybrids and far cheaper and hardier traditional varieties with their own products, a cotton farmer in Monsanto’s net would be paying far more for seed than he or she ever dreamed they would.
"Our biggest concern is that the foundation is invested in Monsanto so they're looking for Monsanto to make a profit," said Travis English, of AGRA Watch. "What they're doing is opening up new markets in Africa for Monsanto to monopolize the seed market."Nothing better for Monsanto then food monopolization....Let the profits increase, along with the starvation.