- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the world, with a trust endowment valued at $43.5 billion and yearly grant payments in excess of $3 billion annually
- The Gates Foundation agricultural agenda supports agrochemicals, patented seeds and corporate control — interests that undermine regenerative, sustainable, small-scale farming
- The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which has received about $420 million from the Gates Foundation, is essentially a Gates Foundation subsidiary; most of its goals are centered on promoting biotechnology and chemical fertilizers
- In addition to funding GE research, the Gates Foundation has funded public relations activities that support the widespread adoption of GMOs, including influencing national regulations that favor GE technologies
- In Africa, more than 80% of the seed supply comes from small farmers recycling, saving and exchanging seeds each year, but AGRA is pushing patented seeds that would allow a few large corporations to control the seed supply, production and distribution
- One of the best ways to fight back against the multinational corporations and industry-controlled front groups angling to control agriculture and the food supply is to support farmers who are using regenerative farming techniques
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the world, with a trust endowment valued at $48 billion1 and yearly grant payments in excess of $5 billion annually.2 In addition to being one of the largest contributors to the World Health Organization (WHO), with heavy involvement in global public health, the Gates Foundation is deeply involved in agricultural development.
Their website lists four strategic goals as being key to their goal to drive agricultural transformation:3
- Increase agricultural productivity for smallholder farmers
- Increase smallholder farmer household income
- Increase equitable consumption of a safe, affordable, nutritious diet year-round
- Increase women’s empowerment in agriculture
It’s a noble cause but one that’s being carried out using an agenda that supports agrochemicals, patented seeds and corporate control — interests that undermine regenerative, sustainable, small-scale farming.
Excessive Global Influence Focusing on GMOs and Technology
In a report by Global Justice Now, the excessive global influence held by the Gates Foundation is illustrated, starting with the $2 billion the foundation has spent on agriculture, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
“It is the world’s fifth largest donor to agriculture, spending $389 million in 2013; only Germany, Japan, Norway and the U.S. have larger bilateral aid programs to agriculture,” the report noted, and, “With funding comes in influence.”4
Indeed, in February 2012, when the Gates Foundation announced a $200 million donation to the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Gates talked of the importance of brining “agricultural science and technology to poor farmers.”5 These are buzzwords that imply genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and biotechnology, which are heavily favored by the Gates Foundation.
The No. 1 strategy invested in to drive agricultural change is, in fact, “new products, tools, technologies, systems, and approaches to advance inclusive agricultural transformation. These products may include new livestock vaccines, or new traits that increase a crop’s drought tolerance,” i.e., GMOs, the Gates Foundation website states.6 As further noted by Global Justice Now:7
“The BMGF [The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation] is promoting a number of specific priorities through its agriculture grants, several of which are undermining the interests of small farmers while claiming to support them.
These include promoting a model of industrial agriculture, the increasing use of chemical fertilisers and expensive, patented seeds, the privatisation of extension services and a very large focus on genetically modified seeds.”…
Although the sustainability of cultivating disease in human beings via chronic inflammation from gmo allergens and chemical toxins in order to make them dependent on medicine and pharmaceuticals is questionable, it does represent the cutting edge of disaster capitalism. It’s probably too late to get in on the ground floor of big gagra and its subsidiaries, but given that the rate of resulting disease has yet to peak, the investment opportunities in mass body disposal and soylent green are still promising.