The Phaserl


GM Industry Expands into Africa with Traditional Crops

Disguises control of food supply as philanthropy

by Christina Sarich, Natural Society:

New reports reveal that ‘philanthropic’ organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as similar entities with over $360 billion in combined assets, are edging themselves into Africa’s food market by genetic engineering of African cultural food staples.

The biotech industry is trying to own the traditional food supply by introducing genetically modified (GM) cassava, pigeon pea, sweet potato, sorghum, cowpea, banana, and even rice, a commercial crop. This is being done via ‘philanthropic programs’ targeting key countries like South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, Uganda, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Egypt.

The report from the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) corroborates what other sources are now reporting – that 137 billionaires from 14 countries have pledged to give to this ‘humanitarian’ cause to help poor countries become more ‘food stable.’

The fascinating irony is that GM crops have done just the opposite almost everywhere they have been introduced. Organizations like Food Sovereignty Ghana describe exactly what GM crops have done to Africans. Similarly, a report from Cibo Sostensible states that:

“…as a result of the advancement of industrialization of the food chain at the hands of agribusiness corporations since 1996 —the year when genetically modified crops started being grown—the number of undernourished and obese people — a phenomenon that is now synonymous to poverty, and not wealth — has increased.”

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