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Gates Foundation Support Genetically Modified Cereal Crops with $10M

Posted by satyrikon στο 25 Ιουλίου, 2012

Lisa Garber

NaturalSociety

July 24, 2012

gmoorange4 235x147 Gates Foundation Gives $10 Million to Support Genetically Modified Cereal CropsBritish
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.


Gates Foundation AFLATOXIN Meeting_004

Gates Foundation AFLATOXIN Meeting_004 (Photo credit: IFPRI-IMAGES)

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.

Additional Sources:

The Guardian

BBC

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