Here’s another follow-up to my first note on the Gates involvement with GMO’s for Africa, courtesy of Food First (I commend them for their attentiveness to this issue). I really wonder how such a brilliant guy can be so short-sighted about the issue of food security. He had so much potential. Corporate control and interest in regional agricultural systems throughout the “global South” amounts to a new form of imperialism, stripping communities of their self-determination, while hooking them on the mirage of surplus.
There are other “technologies” that allow communities to scale-up agriculture through natural means that do not threaten biodiversity. Check out bio-char! A Pre-Colombian Amazon technique in which the earth was enriched with a specially produced charcoal from recycled organic scraps. The dark, nutrient rich earth known as Terra Preta proves to be more fertile than non-enriched parts of the Amazonian rainforest. Scaling the production of Terra Preta, or bio-char, is just one organic application for improving food output without destroying the world’s seed crops through genetic contamination and patent imperialism.