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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.


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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.


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COVER AND CREDITS

INTRODUCTION

ESTABLISHING A GLOBAL EMPIRE OVER LIFE, THROUGH MONOCULTURES, PATENTS AND MONOPOLIES, BY RUPTURING A WORLD OF DIVERSITY, SELF ORGANIZATION AND FREEDOM – Vandana Shiva


SECTION 1 – ONE EMPIRE OVER SEED, BIODIVERSITY, AND KNOWLEDGE


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

OWNING SEEDS THROUGH PATENTS AND NEW GENE EDITING GMO TECHNOLOGIES – Vandana Shiva

GENE EDITING: UNEXPECTED OUTCOMES AND RISKS – GM Watch, Technical advisor: Dr Michael Antoniou


SECTION 2 – BIOPIRACY – THE PLUNDER OF BIODIVERSITY AND KNOWLEDGE


DIGITAL BIOPIRACY TO UNDERMINE INTERNATIONAL TREATIES THAT PROTECT BIODIVERSITY AND PREVENT BIOPIRACY

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

AN OPEN LETTER TO QUT’S DR JAMES DALE, THE BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION AND THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY – Mantasa


SECTION 3 – ONE EMPIRE OVER AGRICULTURE


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

SEEDS OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM: THE THIRD “GREEN REVOLUTION” – Navdanya


SECTION 4 – ONE EMPIRE OVER FOOD: FORCE-FEEDING US GMOs AND FAKE FOOD


PROMOTING FAILED GMOS

THE GOLDEN RICE HOAX – Vandana Shiva

WHY WE OPPOSE GOLDEN RICE – Stop Golden Rice Network

INDIAN MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT HEEDS PUBLIC CALL FOR A MORATORIUM ON BT BRINJAL

BT BRINJAL: ALLIANCE FOR CROOKED SCIENCE & CORPORATE LIES – Farida Akhter

FAKE FOOD

LAB MADE BREAST MILK AND LAB MADE MEAT – Vandana Shiva

SOFTWARE TO SWALLOW: IMPOSSIBLE FOODS SHOULD BE CALLED IMPOSSIBLE PATENTS – Seth Itzkan


SECTION 5 – ONE EMPIRE OVER MEDIA, HEALTH AND EDUCATION


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

COLONISING EDUCATION

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

GLOBAL RESISTANCE TO GENETIC EXTINCTION TECHNOLOGY – Navdanya

GATES FOUNDATION HIRED PR FIRM TO MANIPULATE UN OVER GENE DRIVES – Jonathan Latham

BIODIVERSITY, GMOS, & GENE DRIVES OF THE MILITARISED MIND – Vandana Shiva


CONCLUSION

GAIA SPEAKS…


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GMOs are a failed Technology. The future is GMO Free

This session brought together Dr. Vandana Shiva, President of Navdanya International; Farida Akhter, founding Executive Director of UBINIG in Bangladesh; Chito Medina founding member of MASIPAG in the Philippines; Adelita San Vicente, Director General of the Primary Sector and Natural Resources of SEMARNAT, Mexico; and Jonathan Latham, molecular biologist and former genetic engineer, now editor of Independent Science News.  This panel of civil society leaders and experts lent their perspectives on both the victories against GMOs and their attempted impositions from all over the world.


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