03/01/2016 / By Tara Paras
A few years ago, news sources revealed that Bill Gates, the world’s richest man and founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, purchased 500,000 shares in Monsanto valued at $23 million, raising questions about the motivations of the charity and its sincerity in aiding poverty-stricken areas around the world. Yet, to people familiar with the Gates family, this move is just par for the course, continuing a strategy of holding the world’s food supply hostage in order to reduce humanity’s population.
In an interview with PBS’ Bill Moyers, Bill Gates admitted that his father, William H. Gates Sr., had been involved with the eugenics group Planned Parenthood, an offshoot and rebranding of the American Eugenics Society. His family’s involvement in reproductive health issues has been extensive, and Gates referenced that he once adhered to the views of eugenicist Thomas Malthus, who believed that reproductive restrictions need to be in place to prevent an overpopulation disaster. It appears that even though Gates’ said that he had abandoned the theory, his foundation relies on a modified Malthusian approach that discreetly reduces populations through GMOs and vaccines. William H. Gates Sr. currently sits as the co-chair of the Gates Foundation, ensuring the eugenicist “guides the vision and strategic direction” of the organization.
By pretending to save the world, the Gates Foundation has managed to impose its “enlightened” choices on poor farmers in developing countries. It currently finances the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), having given at least $264.5 million in grant commitments to an organization forcing GMOs on African farmers. The Gates Foundation also reportedly hired Dr. Robert Horsch, a former Monsanto executive, to head AGRA in 2006.
A 2010 report by La Via Campesina, a global peasant movement representing small farmers, claims that 70 percent of AGRA grantees work directly with Monsanto and over $100 million in grants have been made to Kenyan organizations connected to Monsanto. In 2008, some 30 percent of the foundation’s agricultural development funds went to promoting or developing GM seed varieties.
The Foundation also pledged $880 million in April 2010 to create the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), a heavy promoter of GMOs. During the Haiti earthquake recovery, GAFSP provided $35 million in “aid” to be used for GMO systems and technology implementation.
Even though evidence is mounting that GMOs have destroyed native agricultural systems and driven poor farmers into crippling debt, Gates and Co. have instead embraced the promotion of corporate-owned and controlled agriculture that will further enslave the world’s poorest. Gates now has a direct interest in seeing Monsanto succeed in spreading GMOs and their poisons around the world, and what’s disheartening is the fact that he’s using the Gates Foundation to make inroads into poor countries in the guise of humanitarian relief.
“Although Bill Gates might try to say that the Foundation is not linked to his business, all it proves is the opposite: most of their donations end up favoring the commercial investments of the tycoon, not really ‘donating’ anything, but instead of paying taxes to state coffers, he invests his profits in where it is favorable to him economically, including propaganda from their supposed good intentions,” wrote Silvia Ribeiro in the Mexican news source La Jornada back in 2010.
Unfortunately, poor African farmers have already taken the bait. Traditional seeds have now been replaced with Monsanto’s GM seeds, ensuring that developing countries will never lose their dependence – and that Monsanto will always turn a profit.