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06.28.10

Gates Foundation Helps Bring Coca-Cola and Monsanto (GMO) to Africa

Posted in Africa, Bill Gates, Patents at 7:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Colonial Africa

Summary: Neo-colonialism by multi-national corporations is promoted by well-known capitalists to subjugate under an “aid” pretext

FOR THOSE who do not know yet, the Gates Foundation invests heavily in Coca-Cola, whose offences against humanity are unknown to many people but still well documented. Based on this new report from The Guardian, Coca-Cola is taking more its vicious business to Africa, along with the Gates Foundation which invests in Coca-Cola. To quote the portion of interest from last week’s article:

How can African agriculture be more productive?

[...]

This is an issue that has come up in Soroti district (in which Katine is found). The local politicians lobbied hard for an orange processing factory in Soroti, and believed they had a strong case because the climate and land is excellent for citrus growing. But the investment went in the end to west Uganda. (An $11.5m partnership between the Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola and TechnoServe is, however, expected to benefit smallholder fruit farmers in eastern Uganda).

According to the Killer Coke campaign, Coca-Cola deserves to be accused of “inaction and neglect on health issues in Africa. Health care advocates around the world have demanded that employees of Coke bottlers in Africa be provided with access to care and medicine that would treat, or prevent the further spread of, HIV/AIDS. Although Coca-Cola, the largest private-sector employer on the African continent, has been barely addressing the problem, its public relations juggernaut puts forth the lie that the company has all but solved it. An Oct. 27, 2003 press release from the organization Health GAP (www.healthgap.org) is headlined: “Coke’s HIV/AIDS Treatment Program in Africa Still Just a Public Relations Ploy.” Some in South Africa accuse Coca-Cola of racism.

Anyway, Coca-Cola is likely to profit or inflate its massive brand value (PR) and guess who is a shareholder? Africa has bigger agricultural issues and as we noted in previous posts, the Gates Foundation is promoting GMO (for Monsanto) down in the oppressed continent. Posts on the subject include:

  1. How the Gates Foundation Privatises Africa
  2. With Microsoft Monopoly in Check, Bill Gates Proceeds to Creating More Monopolies
  3. Gates-Backed Company Accused of Monopoly Abuse and Investigated
  4. Reader’s Article: The Gates Foundation and Genetically-Modified Foods
  5. Monsanto: The Microsoft of Food
  6. Seeds of Doubt in Bill Gates Investments
  7. Gates Foundation Accused of Faking/Fabricating Data to Advance Political Goals
  8. More Dubious Practices from the Gates Foundation
  9. Video Transcript of Vandana Shiva on Insane Patents
  10. Explanation of What Bill Gates’ Patent Investments Do to Developing World
  11. Black Friday Film: What the Bill Gates-Backed Monsanto Does to Animals, Farmers, Food, and Patent Systems
  12. Gates Foundation Looking to Destroy Kenya with Intellectual Monopolies
  13. Young Napoleon Comes to Africa and Told Off
  14. Bill Gates Takes His GMO Patent Investments/Experiments to India
  15. Gates/Microsoft Tax Dodge and Agriculture Monopoly Revisited
  16. Beyond the ‘Public Relations’
  17. UK Intellectual Monopoly Office (UK-IPO) May be Breaking the Law
  18. “Boycott Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in China”
  19. The Gates Foundation Extends Control Over Communication with Oxfam Relationship
  20. Week of Monsanto

Bill Gates has only just returned from a lobbying trip Nigeria and a new report from Natural News has an explicit headline: “Bill Gates now pushing genetically modified seeds in Africa” (this might still be news to some people).

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation continues to throw its support behind risky genetically modified (GM) seeds as a means for feeding hungry Africans, ignoring safer and more reliable technologies that already exist.

Not long after publicly blaming GM critics for prolonging hunger in Africa, Gates announced that his foundation is partnering with DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred to develop higher yield GM strains of corn. Two years ago, the Gates Foundation also partnered with Monsanto to develop drought-tolerant GM corn.

The companies claim that these GM seeds will be delivered to small farmers free of charge. Yet Monsanto says its drought-tolerant corn will not be ready until 2012, at which point it will be introduced into the commercial market. It will not be made available to poor African farmers until 2016.

For those who know nothing about the criminal activity of Monsanto and its impact on farmers, the posts above will hopefully shed light. As we have shown on several occasions before, Monsanto staff has also entered top positions inside the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which it can now use for Monsanto’s lobbying. Some pharmaceutical giants have followed the same trajectory.

A few days ago we found the press release titled “Lutheran World Relief Responds to Growing Food Crisis in Niger” (maybe GMO, but it does not say so explicitly), which led to some coverage which does not say much more. The Gates Foundation is involved in it.

For the sake of brevity we won’t discuss this news from Pakistan, which is similar to the recent investment in Haiti (the Gates Foundation is also involved this time). There is the big abortion question which still leads to concern and backlash. For those who believe that rich people from the United States are not pursuing more power (or money) when they approach Africa*, here is a book worth reading, in addition to old articles as well as some of the posts below.

Related posts:

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* In the past it was mostly Europe and increasingly it is China too which exploits Africa’s resources.

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