The COVID public health crisis and its resulting economic devastation have accelerated calls to respond through the ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism through embracing the fourth industrial revolution. For food systems, this would mean a ‘food systems transformation’ where all areas of the food supply chain are further centralized, digitized, and mined for data in the false names of ‘public health’ and ‘economic recovery’. This push is now being supported by international organizations and world leaders who stand hand-in-hand with big corporations’ desires for further agrifood system concentration.
This translated to a more aggressive push toward false solutions of farms managed through artificial intelligence and predictive algorithms, precision farming, fake foods- such as lab-grown meat, synthetically produced oils, and breastmilk- robot pollinators, biofortification, gene drives for more advanced forms of GMOs, and digital sequencing genetic information (DSI) of agro-diversity.
Embodying and actively supporting these false solutions is philanthrocapitalist Bill Gates. Thinly veiled behind a heavily curated PR rhetoric of humanitarian generosity, such as increasing nutrition for the world’s poor or providing solutions to climate change, he is in fact behind the further centralization and commercialization of food and agriculture through the promotion of the above-mentioned technologies. Since chained to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s million-dollar grants are private market interests in commercially marketing these ‘solutions’.
On Wednesday, 14 October 2020, a panel of fourteen of the co-authors of Navdanya International’s collaborative Citizens Report on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – “Gates to a Global Empire” – launched the report through an online event.
The Report gathers evidence and throws light on the dangers of philanthrocapitalism, which is boosting the corporate takeover of our seed, agriculture, food, knowledge and global health systems, manipulating information and eroding our democracies.
Throughout the authors’ presentations, we see how the same patterns of an aggressively imposed consensus through direct influence over all global development actors, repeat over and over again, and how technocratic solutionism, powered by an “unholy alliance” between the science and technology institutions, states, and big capital, are embodied by the Gates’ Foundation and dangerously put into accelerated action through a philanthropic development.
Gates Ag One: The Recolonisation Of Agriculture
Navdanya International – Independent Science News, 16 November 2020
Technological Solutionism Will Not Save our Food Systems
Navdanya International, 9 November 2020
The Philanthro-capitalist empire of Bill Gates
Navdanya International, 3 November 2020
One Empire over Seed: Control Over the World’s Seed Banks
By Dr Vandana Shiva, 27 October 2020
Is philanthro-capitalism endangering sustainable development?
Navdanya International – Lifegate, 26 October 2020
Bill Gates’ Philanthro-capitalist Empire Puts the Future of our Planet at Stake
Press Release, 14 October 2020
Browse the Report
ONE EMPIRE OVER SEED: CONTROL OVER THE WORLD’S SEED BANKS – Vandana Shiva
BMG FOUNDATION AND IRRI: CORPORATE HIJACK OF RICE SCIENCE – Chito P. Medina
GENE EDITING: UNEXPECTED OUTCOMES AND RISKS – GM Watch, Technical advisor: Dr Michael Antoniou
A TREATY TO PROTECT OUR AGRICULTURAL BIODIVERSITY – Josè Esquinas-Alcazar
BEYOND GREEN GOLD: MEGADIVERSE COUNTRIES AS PROVIDERS OF GENETIC RESOURCES AND DIGITAL SEQUENCE INFORMATION – Aidé Jiménez-Martínez and Adelita San Vicente Tello
PIRACY THROUGH PATENTS
BIOPIRACY OF CLIMATE RESILIENT SEEDS – Navdanya
BANANA BIOPIRACY THROUGH GMO BANANA – Vandana Shiva
CAMPAIGN – ‘NO GMO BANANA’ – Navdanya
GATES AG-ONE AND THE RECOLONISATION OF AGRICULTURE – Navdanya
GATES AG ONE IN ARGENTINA – Fernando Cabaleiro
COLONISING AGRICULTURE THROUGH THE FAILED GREEN REVOLUTION
BILL & MELINDA GATES: THE DYSTOPIA OF THE GREEN REVOLUTION IN AFRICA – Nicoletta Dentico
GATES FOUNDATION’S GREEN REVOLUTION FAILS AFRICA’S FARMERS – Timothy A. Wise
PROMOTING FAILED GMOS
THE GOLDEN RICE HOAX – Vandana Shiva
WHY WE OPPOSE GOLDEN RICE – Stop Golden Rice Network
BT BRINJAL: ALLIANCE FOR CROOKED SCIENCE & CORPORATE LIES – Farida Akhter
LAB MADE BREAST MILK AND LAB MADE MEAT – Vandana Shiva
MEDIA AND LOBBY EMPIRE
THE POWER OF PROPAGANDA AND THE LANGUAGE OF PERSUASION – Nicoletta Dentico
MESSENGERS OF GATES’ AGENDA: HOW THE CORNELL ALLIANCE SPREADS DISINFORMATION AND DISCREDITS AGROECOLOGY – Community Alliance for Global Justice / AGRA Watch
DIGITAL DICTATORS – Satish Kumar
PEDAGOGY OF FREEDOM – Satish Kumar
COLONISING GLOBAL HEALTH
THE PHILANTHROPIC MONOPOLY OF BILL & MELINDA GATES – Nicoletta Dentico
SECTION 6 – ONE EMPIRE OVER THE EARTH: AMPLIFYING CLIMATE CHANGE, ACCELERATING THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION
THE SUGAR DADDY OF GEOENGINEERING: BILL GATES’ FOSSIL FUEL INTERESTS AND FUNDING FOR GLOBAL CLIMATE ENGINEERING – Dru Jay and Silvia Ribeiro, ETC Group
DRIVEN TO EXTERMINATE: HOW BILL GATES BROUGHT GENE DRIVE EXTINCTION TECHNOLOGY INTO THE WORLD – Zahra Moloo and Jim Thomas, ETC Group.
SCIENTIFIC TERRORISM IN BURKINA FASO – Tapsoba Ali De Goamma
GATES FOUNDATION HIRED PR FIRM TO MANIPULATE UN OVER GENE DRIVES – Jonathan Latham
BIODIVERSITY, GMOS, & GENE DRIVES OF THE MILITARISED MIND – Vandana Shiva