The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) program was launched in 2008 with a $47 million grant from mega-rich philanthropists Warren 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 Biosafety claims WEMA is threatening Africa’s food sovereignty and opening new markets for agribusiness giants like Monsanto. Gates spent $27.6 million on 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock between April and June 2010, raising a serious conflict of interest issue, writes Mike Ludwig.
Monsanto and Gates Foundation Push Genetically Engineered Crops on Africa
By Mike Ludwig
Posted in Biotechnology, Environment, Factory Farms, Genetically Engineered Food, Land Rights
Tagged afrida, Agroecology, bill gates, biotech, gates foundation, monsanto, warren buffet
My name is … well, use Ron. That’s good enough. It sounds common, ordinary. Like I’m one of you. Which I’m not.
I’m a corporate CEO. I certainly wouldn’t give you my real name and let you use it. Forget it.
Ron. Or Earl. Whatever.
I’m only here because I’m bored out of my mind.
I’ve done the getting rid of manufacturing bit (NAFTA, CAFTA, SCHMAFTA – I mean how many ways can you rig an agreement and call it Free Trade and keep a straight face?). I’ve done the stealing people’s homes bit (jack up the rates, lower the rates, make it impossible to get mortgages, give bad mortgages away, up down, up down, geez, Louise, it worked so great but it made me dizzy.
Posted in Big Pharma, Biotechnology, CorpoGov, Courts - Justice System, Economics, FDA
Tagged agent orange, banksters, bill gates, Free Trade, gmo food, gmo vaccines, monsanto