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Gates Foundation Gives $10 Million to Support Genetically Modified Cereal Crops

Lisa Garber
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July 24th, 2012
Updated 11/02/2012 at 4:03 pm
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British scientists at the John Innes Center recently won a $10 million grant from the Gates Foundation. Where’s the money going? Not surprisingly, as Gates owns over 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock, the organization is putting even more money into genetically modified cereal crops (corn, wheat and rice, to name a few).

The pledge seems righteous at face value to some, but what the Gates Foundation failed to mention is that countries like Hungary, France, India, and Poland have battled GMOs because not only do GM seeds and pesticides decrease yields over time, but GM is bad news for farmers and consumers everywhere. Putting farmers in Africa in the pockets of the likes of Monsanto and other GM companies will only lead to crop monoculture, soil depletion, water contamination, pesticide-resistant insects, and a powerless local population of sick and impoverished farmers.

And this should be of no surprise to Bill Gates, who has openly stated that Monsanto’s GMOs are the ultimate ‘solution’ to world hunger yet continues to ignore the bounty of evidence showing that they do just the opposite — crushing soil yields and impoverishing local farmers.

Perhaps even more devastating is the rising suicide toll associated with the use of Monsanto’s seeds, with a farmer committing suicide every 30 minutes thanks in part due to GMO seeds.

Gates Foundation Ignores Fact that “GM is Failing to Deliver”

The John Innes Center’s aims include engineering crops capable of harnessing nitrogen from the air. Peas and beans do this naturally, but cereal crops—as raised by conventional farmers—require chemical ammonia spread upon the field.

Opponents of GM like Pete Riley, campaign director of GM Freeze, decry that “GM is failing to deliver.” He adds, “If you look in America, yields haven’t increased by any significant amount and often go down.  Now we’re seeing real, major problems for farmers in terms of weeds that are resistant to the herbicides which GM crops have been modified to tolerate.”

This is old news to farmers in north India, where earlier this year the Maharashtra state government demanded compensation from a German seed company when unsatisfactory yields of their cotton hybrids disadvantaged small farmers.

“Productivity in north India is likely to decline because of the declining potential of hybrids; the emerging problem of leaf curl virus on the new susceptible Bt-hybrids; a high level of susceptibility to sucking pests,” said Keshav Raj Kranthi, head of the Central Institute for Cotton Research.  In a paper published in June 2011, Kranthi added that GM crops consume more water and nutrients, depleting the soil and requiring farmers to purchase more fertilizers (putting more money in the hands of the likes of Monsanto).

The High Cost of GM

If the earth suffers, people suffer. In February, a court in Lyon, France railed against GMOs by finding Monsanto guilty of failing to put warning labels on Lasso weedkillers, the use of which caused neurological damage like memory loss and headaches. Dangers of GM end up literally on our—the consumers’—plates; consumption of GM crops has been linked to weight gain and organ disruption.

More courts across the world are fighting genetically modified food, but one wonders how much of an effect they will have in the face of behemoth agribusinesses.

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  • Velma Jinkys

    Bill Gates worships lucifer. If you do not realize the vile heinous acts that worshiping the fallen cherub involves than so be it.. However, when learning the truth one will find that their new world totalitarian, one world religion agenda is starting to take shape and it isn’t going to be pretty for even those like Gates who helped manifest it because no matter what they will never be part of the thirteen illumined families. They will, however always be those exploited by them!!! I cite Fritz Springmeir Satanic Illuminati Bloodlines

  • davidwebster

    monsanto is bad news their roundup ready soybeanwill cross polinate with non gmo soybean causeing the farmer to not able to sell into some markets monsant takes no resposiblty for thier action even when it cost other farmer money and lost oncome monsanto seems to have the laws written in their favor david webster brussels ont canada 2262221429

  • Toby

    Some of the smartest people in the world lack simple common sense….Bill Gates is a prime example.

  • David Llewellyn Fost

    If ever there were reason to suppose that huge amounts of money can turn the mind and effect a grave lack of judgement, the imbecilic example of Bill Gates provides incontrovertible evidence in support of this contention.

  • Eliot W. Collins

    The real problem is that pesticide resistant GE crops encourage the use of even more pesticides. In my opinion, we have more to fear from the increased amount of pesticides being introduced into the environment than from actually eating GMO foods.