In response to Saul of Heart’s recent article in which I quote:
By all means, let’s March Against Monsanto. But then let’s put genetic engineering into the hands of forward-thinking, progressive scientists so we can start a real agricultural revolution.
I ask the question: Can some genetically modified foods such as so called “golden rice” be completely divorced by the Monopolistic Agenda of Monsanto?
Not so easily, I’m afraid. Not When the biggest supporter of the golden rice project, named in the article is The Gates Foundation, which recently bought 23 million dollars of shares in Monsanto and appoints former Cargil and Monsanto executives to head its development programs:
The Gates Foundation has admittedly given at least $264.5 million in grant commitments to AGRA, and also reportedly hired Dr. Robert Horsch, a former Monsanto executive for 25 years who developed Roundup, to head up AGRA back in 2006. According to a report published in La Via Campesina back in 2010, 70 percent of AGRA’s grantees in Kenya work directly with Monsanto, and nearly 80 percent of the Gates Foundation funding is devoted to biotechnology.
So I ask what is a “hippy” to do? Is there a way to support projects to help hungry people in the developing world, besides alienating them from their own land and forcing them to monocrop GM foods controlled by Cargil and Monsanto?
The good news is that there is, and it doesn’t involve continuing cycles of dependance, but rather builds self sufficiency and self determination of communities.
Its called Permacultural Aid, and it’s the only type of foreign aid and disaster relief that actually works. Permaculturist Steve Cran writes:
I’m a community sustainability and stabilization specialist. I work in impoverished or disaster stricken communities giving people the skills to grow their way out of poverty using their own resources as much as possible. I use strategies that are proven in the field. It’s no big deal, just common sense. It doesn’t cost much money in relative terms to eradicate poverty. What it takes is strategy, field skills and determination.”
Find out more about projects being carried out worldwide at the The Permaculture Research Institute and say “No!” to the imposition monopolistic Agricultural Servitude through GM seeds.