Behind the scenes with the #Gates_Foundation’s ‘strategic media partners’ | Humanosphere
The public doesn’t see much coverage of the media’s collaboration with the Gates Foundation. Yet it’s substantial, influential
The Gates Foundation’s Leveraged Philanthropy: Corporate Profit Versus Humanity on Three Fronts
It’s hard to think of the #Gates Foundation’s $26 billion leverage effort as “a little money”, especially since it’s been spread over the globe to gain access to vastly more resources than it contributes, including U.S. tax dollars, the foreign exchange of emerging African nations, and United Nations funds for international development and world health.
Sam Dryden: the most powerful figure in the global south’s agriculture? | Global development | guardian.co.uk
The #Gates Foundation’s head of agriculture has attracted criticism for his involvement with global agribusiness, but he insists his aim is to improve life for the world’s poorest farm
Dryden dismisses this. For a start, he says, only 5% of Gates’s agricultural money is directed at transgenic research and development. That may be around $100m since 2007 – more than any other government or world body is known to have handed out – but 95% of the foundation’s work is devoted to developing better conventional seeds, and improving farming practices.
However, the ties between the foundation and US biotech companies are strong. Within nine months of his arriving at Gates, the foundation had invested $23m in Monsanto, but although it may partner biotech companies and governments such as the UK to develop GM crops, Dryden says it is fiercely independent.
#Bill #Gates backs climate scientists lobbying for large-scale #geoengineering | The Guardian
A small group of leading climate scientists, financially supported by billionaires including Bill Gates, are lobbying governments and international bodies to back experiments into manipulating the climate on a global scale to avoid catastrophic climate change.
The scientists, who advocate geoengineering methods such as spraying millions of tonnes of reflective particles of sulphur dioxide 30 miles above earth, argue that a “plan B” for climate change will be needed if the UN and politicians cannot agree to making the necessary cuts in greenhouse gases, and say the US government and others should pay for a major programme of international research.
“We will need to protect ourselves from vested interests [and] be sure that choices are not influenced by parties who might make significant amounts of money through a choice to modify climate, especially using proprietary intellectual property,” said Jane Long, director at large for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the US, in a paper delivered to a recent geoengineering conference on ethics.
Pressure to find a quick technological fix to climate change is growing
As well as Gates, other wealthy individuals including Sir Richard Branson, tar sands magnate Murray Edwards and the co-founder of Skype, Niklas Zennström, have funded a series of official reports into future use of the technology.
Analysis of the eight major national and international inquiries into geoengineering over the past three years shows that Keith and Caldeira, Rasch and Prof Granger Morgan the head of department of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University where Keith works, have sat on seven panels, including one set up by the UN. Three other strong advocates of solar radiation geoengineering, including Rasch, have sat on national inquiries part-funded by Ficer.
“Regarding my own #patents, I have repeatedly stated that if any patent that I am on is ever used for the purposes of altering climate, then any proceeds that accrue to me for this use will be donated to nonprofit NGOs and charities. I have no expectation or interest in developing a personal revenue stream based upon the use of these patents for climate modification.”.
No wonder that a company engaged in the “science of death” as Monsanto, which has been dedicated from the outset to produce toxic poisons spilling from Agent Orange to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), pesticides, hormones and genetically modified seeds, is associated with another company of thugs [Blackwater].
Almost simultaneously with the publication of this article in The Nation, the Via Campesina reported the purchase of 500,000 shares of Monsanto, for more than $23 million by the Bill and Melinda #Gates Foundation, which with this action completed the outing of the mask of “philanthropy.” Another association that is not surprising.
It is a marriage between the two most brutal monopolies in the history of industrialism: Bill Gates controls more than 90 percent of the market share of proprietary computing and Monsanto about 90 percent of the global transgenic seed market and most global commercial seed. There does not exist in any other industrial sector monopolies so vast, whose very existence is a negation of the vaunted principle of “market competition” of capitalism. Both Gates and Monsanto are very aggressive in defending their ill-gotten monopolies.
Dark side of giving : The rise of #philanthro-capitalism - Economic Times
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (#AGRA) — an initiative driven by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda #Gates Foundation, the oldest and the largest philanthropic repositories, respectively, in the world? The Gates Foundation alone has committed $264.5 million to AGRA.
“They are using the pitiable condition of the African people to get a foothold into the continent,” explains Som Pal. “Their large philanthropic resources are being utilised to further the interests of business.” In countries with weak governance mechanisms, like in Africa, it becomes a lot easier.
(...) There is its growing stranglehold in the policy-making space across emerging markets, especially in education, healthcare and agriculture.
The $23.1-million investment by the Gates Foundation in #Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of GM seeds, is a small example of a trend.
Gates discloses media grant after report | Puget Sound Business Journal
When the Seattle Times published a lengthy profile of the Bill & Melinda #Gates Foundation’s #grants to professional #journalists on Feb. 19, the foundation apparently never disclosed that it had already approved its largest award ever to a #media organization.