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Can the world’s richest man feed the planet?

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Echoing luminaries before him—from Norman Borlaug to Kofi Annan—the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, called last night for a second Green Revolution focused on African farmers. That revolution won’t just be in new crop varieties and higher yields but also in farmer training and infrastructure—and, perhaps most controversially, will be genetically modified.

"Three quarters of the world’s poorest people get their food and income by farming small plots of land," Gates said. "So if we can make smallholder farming more productive and more profitable, we can have a massive impact on hunger and nutrition and poverty."

That’s exactly what the first Green Revolution accomplished in the Latin America and Asia. "But it didn’t go far enough," Gates said. "It didn’t go to Africa."

"The charge is clear—we have to develop crops that can grow in a drought; that can survive in a flood; that can resist pests and disease," Gates added. "We need higher yields on the same land in harsher weather." The answer, at least in part? Sustainability paired with genetic modification.

After all, genetic modification can speed the development of drought-resistant varieties of various crops, or other traits of vital importance in improving the amount of food produced as well as farmers’ ability to adapt to the challenges of climate change. To that end, Gates gave $10.4 million to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development and Michigan State University to develop a center in Africa to help national governments develop appropriate regulatory systems for biotechnology.

Gates made his remarks during the awarding of the World Food Prize to Gebisa Ejeta, an Ethiopian sorghum researcher who developed drought-resistant varieties of that staple crop. In addition to the $1.4 billion Gates has already committed to agricultural development, Gates announced nine new grants totaling $120 million, ranging from $10 million for broadcasting farming tips to smallholders to $21.25 million to produce high-yield, stress-tolerant varieties of sweet potatoes. And the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) received $15 million to help create the right development policies for seeds, soil health, markets, property rights and adapting to a changing environment to help speed agricultural achievement.

"The ability of Africa’s smallholder farmers to adequately feed the continent depends on a policy environment that improves access to agricultural technologies, assures market access, stabilizes food prices for the poor, protects the environment and helps farmers adapt to climate change," said AGRA Chairman Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary General.

Gates also called for a more environmentally focused effort this time around. "The next Green Revolution has to be greener than the first," Gates said. It "must be guided by smallholder farmers, adapted to local circumstances, and sustainable for the economy and the environment. The last thing anyone should do is create short-term gains for poor farmers that have long-term costs for their children." That’s a tall order for a planet running out of agricultural lands and predicted to reach nine billion people by 2050.

"Poor farmers are not a problem to be solved; they are the solution—the best answer for a world that is fighting hunger and poverty, and trying to feed a growing population," Gates said. "There is no reason for so many farmers to be so hungry and so poor."

Image: Courtesy Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation





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  1. 1. frgough 11:10 am 10/17/2009

    Africa’s problems are not because of too many people, but because of too little capitalism. Africa struggles with housing, etc. because of the thug dictatorial governments running those countries. Not because they have too many people. Resource-wise, Africa is dripping in wealth.

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  2. 2. charlie spider 12:20 am 10/18/2009

    Can the world’s richest man feed the planet?

    maybe…

    if we take another few years to fatten Bill up, and nobody asks for a second helping :o

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  3. 3. Nathaniel 12:52 am 10/18/2009

    The problem I have with GMO crops is the fact that the farmers will be required to buy new seed every time they want to plant more. Because the seeds are patented, they cannot be legally "copied" and keeping seeds is against the law. This is why people prefer open pollinated and heritage seeds. Now, if Gates were to purchase the patents on these GMO crops and refuse then modify the terms to include the farmer’s ability to keep and store seeds then I would be all for this.

    I do not share the same paranoia as many others about so called "frankenseeds". However, I see the use of GMO crops as a means to keep people making recurring payments instead of being self-sufficient.

    Bill, if you want to make a difference, buy the patents to these GMO plants and make them free for everyone. Heck, because of the patents on GMO seeds we can even do proper research to tell if we SHOULD be using them at all, let alone in Africa. I agree that they have amazing potential. But at this point, we don’t even know if they’re effective.

    GMO is a mess. If Bill can fix that mess, then I’m all for this, otherwise, he’s just picking GMO because it’s "geeky", not because it’s what is best.

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  4. 4. pgtruspace 2:48 am 10/18/2009

    Maybe Bill Gates wants to buy a Nobel prize.

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  5. 5. choclat_stik 3:11 am 10/18/2009

    Did bill and his wife get a Nobel Prize yet? I don’t know but please give them one. But Bill please don’t forget Haiti because they are eating MUD PIES.

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  6. 6. choclat_stik 3:22 am 10/18/2009

    this is directed to fb36, just think about it, if you had not eaten right in days, and the only food was with the POLICE you would seriously consider taking down the POLICE. thats called DESPERATE SURVIVAL.

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  7. 7. Siriusofdelf 9:44 am 10/18/2009

    All natural ecosystems are tuned to sustain basic life needs. Humans want to sustain infinite greed (anything more than basic life needs).
    Unless we develop free infinite power source, nothing we do will sustain our infinite greed in the long term.

    It’s just a question of time before the natural ecosystem will collapse and "humanity" reverts to its savage and barbaric survival of the nastiest mode.

    P.S.: I’m an optimist!

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  8. 8. PGibbs 10:55 am 10/18/2009

    This is monstrous! Introducing genetically modified crops into Africa by stealth! Haven’t we in the industrial world dumped enough of our filth and poison in Africa? Africans don’t need "training" by Westerners in how to farm. If Africans weren’t darn good at farming none of us, as humans, would exist in the first place. What Africa needs is to have the mining companies and the oil companies and the Western arms traders get out of Africa so these people can get back to living, and farming, in peace.

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  9. 9. sjd0218 11:05 am 10/18/2009

    Genetic Food. We have a problem. Does anyone else have a solution for feeding people under the current and projected conditions. I recognize the problems with engineered food. I don’t see too many viable alternatives. Other than population control, which is not being pursued by any but the Chinese that I am aware of. And population control is in itself a violation of the most basic right of any living being. So the only way to implement that solution in a reasonable manner is to convince the world that one child is enough and have them voluntarily choose to control their births. I don’t see it as a likely alternative in the next generation or so. But should not be ignored. It will be a process. Any mindset change is.
    And even then lets face it, its not the only solution. We can produce enough food now but we don’t have a well fed world. Local producers have the best chance of stemming true starvation problems. Imported food should be balanced against locally grown crops. It should hopefully represent the minority of the staple foods eaten by the population.

    One of the easiest way to control and abuse people is through food. Its an easy way to make sure they remain dependent, easy to manage and who ever controls food controls power to a great extent. Hungry people are desperate.

    Food should be local.

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  10. 10. ironjustice 12:45 pm 10/18/2009

    Theoretically and scientifically PROVEN buildings such as the Empire State Building can be used for growing hydroponic food.
    If the world were to comandeer a few of these building in EVERY country of the world and say FIND ANOTHER SPACE then we could easily feed the world.
    In Africa they have no access to anything including a place to plug in a cell phone.
    They have to walk quite the ways to do a simple thing like that.
    Not even speaking to food and water.
    The influx of monies to the PROPER places will be the solution to it all for feeding the poor farmer.
    In order to utilize the feeding though it has been shown that teaching them to grow for bio-fuel can destroy them.
    Examples show those farmers ALREADY convinced to do this have come to the point they NOW cannot even feed their families BECAUSE they had CHANGED their crops expecting to be PAID for the crops they were CONVINCED to grow by good meaning capitalists.
    The solar panel initiative and well drilling and NATIVE plants in the gardens and fields will be the KEY to it all and the inability of farmers to have the money to pay for the seeds has ALREADY been shown in India to be a major problem.
    FREE access to seeds can easily be achieved.
    Imho ..

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  11. 11. ironjustice 1:23 pm 10/18/2009

    http://concretecanvas.co.uk/21AboutCCS1.html

    This is a canvas structure.
    The word canvas is a derivative of the word cannabis.
    Hemp is canvas.

    Hemp contains all the essential nutrients required for food. Hemp sustained Australians through famine.
    Hemp was and still is a very underutilized crop which can be used as evidenced for effective shelter and thrives in the harshest of conditions.
    The supply of water though is of the utmost importance and UNTIL we begin to utilize our collective abilities to supply water to those in need we will get nowhere.
    ALREADY water is rationed to only those that can afford it in Africa and until infrastructure IE: water pipelines are installed we will get nowhere.
    I still believe we can get further with helping people than going in and having to kill them like we do in Somalia and the pirates.

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  12. 12. durianmon 5:25 pm 10/18/2009

    It is a concern that using genetically modified crops could end up being a way to privatize life. Each time a seed is sowed, the farmer has to pay a licensing fee to the biotech company who owns the patents for the genetically modified It is a concern that using genetically modified crops could end up being a way to privatize life. Each time a seed is sowed, the farmer has to pay a licensing fee to the biotech company who owns the patents for the genetically modified seed. And there will be many other "value-added" products like pesticides that wouldn’t affect the growth of GM crops that come alongside with the seeds.
    Feeding Africa becomes another scheme for Western biotech companies to jump at the opportunity and earn more profits! And potential genetic pollution caused by cross-pollination could affect non-GM plants and could affect the ecosystems, and reduce biodiversity.seed. And there will be many other "value-added" products like pesticides that wouldn’t affect the growth of GM crops that come alongside with the seeds.
    Feeding Africa becomes another scheme for Western biotech companies to jump at the opportunity and earn more profits! And potential genetic pollution caused by cross-pollination could affect non-GM plants and could affect the ecosystems, and reduce biodiversity.

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  13. 13. durianmon 5:29 pm 10/18/2009

    It is a concern that using genetically modified crops could end up being a way to privatize life. Each time a seed is sowed, the farmer has to pay a licensing fee to the biotech company who owns the patents for the genetically modified seed. And there will be many other "value-added" products like pesticides that wouldn’t affect the growth of GM crops that come alongside with the seeds.

    Feeding Africa becomes another scheme for Western biotech companies to jump at the opportunity and earn more profits! And potential genetic pollution caused by cross-pollination could affect non-GM plants and could affect the ecosystems, and reduce biodiversity.

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  14. 14. Pursuit 4:47 am 10/19/2009

    Gates is a kind-hearted man, when he decided to donate all his properties, I really got amazed. He has a sense of responsibility for the whole world, which is an example for us youth.
    From China

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  15. 15. ian_the_chemist 8:03 am 10/19/2009

    It is true that a finite area of land can only produce a finite amount of food and so support a limited number of people – however the area of land required to produce a given amount of calories (or weight of protein or whatever your favourite measure is) varies depending on the foodstuff. For instance the amount of land required to produce a given amount of meat is vastly more than the amount of land required to produce a vegetable (or mushroom) equivalent. Meat production also comes with a large CO2 footprint. Perhaps one of the most important steps that needs to be taken to feed the world more efficiently is lowering the amount of meat in the western diet – a far simpler and less risky step than attempting to find biotechnological solutions to the problems of famine.

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  16. 16. ericthered 11:31 am 10/19/2009

    Hopefully we cal also work on rates of reproduction at the same time so that we can eventually reach a balance.
    The workd not only needs more food, but fewer people.

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  17. 17. brsecu 12:42 pm 10/19/2009

    >The workd not only needs more food, but fewer people.

    I hate when people say this. If you really belive this then you would start with yourself. What you really mean to say is "This world would be a lot better if I had more stuff for myself."

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  18. 18. cornos 4:43 pm 10/19/2009

    First I was very glad that Bill has some money to spend in Africa. But then sponsering GMO’s and using multinational methods (rather killing agriculture everywhere) will not give any positive result. As mentioned already in another comment, the Africans will just get poorer and hungrier, Monsanto is not the way to go.
    If Bill is honest I would say to him: contact a real African specialist who knows how to offer a better living and food to his people: Pierre Rabhi.
    - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia17 Aug 2009 … Pierre Rabhi (b. Kenadsa, Algeria, 1938) is a French writer, farmer and environmentalist (and also a philosopher). Originally a Muslim, he converted to Christianity …
    Again if Bill is serious about his project this contact is really a must. I would say Pierre Rabhi is to the African needs what Bill is for software.
    I hope Bill got the message.
    O. Cornillie

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  19. 19. chuckwoolery 12:07 am 10/20/2009

    According to Darwin, adaptation is the key to survival. GMOs may have a down side but adapting plants to the changing environment has much promise and merit.

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  20. 20. CICKO 1:51 am 10/20/2009

    Bill is great man BUT in the case of NEW GREEN REVOLUTION COUPLED WITH GMO SEED he is either totally uninformed or having sided with Hidden Agenda of Rockefeller and associated NY banks.
    He/we should read F.WILLIAM ENGDAHL’s ‘SEEDS OF DESTROCTION’ [ http://www.globalreasearch.ca ] to understand that Agenda.

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  21. 21. davidharvey13th 3:57 am 10/20/2009

    How about Nutricide as in Codex Alimentarius (Food Law), which will be put in effect 31 Dec 2009, outlawing all vitamins, minerals and supplements, as toxins. CA alone will kill 3 billion of the 6.77 billion, of which one billion die outright and the other 2 billion die of disease from lack of nutrients. Now combine that with GMO foods, structured to delete our nutrients, and we have food weapons to maim and kill 6.27 billion of 6.77 billion, leaving the Sustainable Development Plan or Agenda 21 of the fat cat banksters at a nice 350 to 500 million, which will not offend Gaia the Earth Goddess with man’s polution. The rich men can live happy ever after in their 1,477 Deep Underground Military Bases, 2000 feet below ground connected by trains that go 600 mph, look for DUMB on YouTube. Too bad you and I are not one of them. I too am for DUMB.

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  22. 22. davidharvey13th 3:57 am 10/20/2009

    How about Nutricide as in Codex Alimentarius (Food Law), which will be put in effect 31 Dec 2009, outlawing all vitamins, minerals and supplements, as toxins. CA alone will kill 3 billion of the 6.77 billion, of which one billion die outright and the other 2 billion die of disease from lack of nutrients. Now combine that with GMO foods, structured to delete our nutrients, and we have food weapons to maim and kill 6.27 billion of 6.77 billion, leaving the Sustainable Development Plan or Agenda 21 of the fat cat banksters at a nice 350 to 500 million, which will not offend Gaia the Earth Goddess with man’s polution. The rich men can live happy ever after in their 1,477 Deep Underground Military Bases, 2000 feet below ground connected by trains that go 600 mph, look for DUMB on YouTube. Too bad you and I are not one of them. I too am for DUMB.

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  23. 23. davidharvey13th 3:58 am 10/20/2009

    How about Nutricide as in Codex Alimentarius (Food Law), which will be put in effect 31 Dec 2009, outlawing all vitamins, minerals and supplements, as toxins. CA alone will kill 3 billion of the 6.77 billion, of which one billion die outright and the other 2 billion die of disease from lack of nutrients. Now combine that with GMO foods, structured to delete our nutrients, and we have food weapons to maim and kill 6.27 billion of 6.77 billion, leaving the Sustainable Development Plan or Agenda 21 of the fat cat banksters at a nice 350 to 500 million, which will not offend Gaia the Earth Goddess with man’s polution. The rich men can live happy ever after in their 1,477 Deep Underground Military Bases, 2000 feet below ground connected by trains that go 600 mph, look for DUMB on YouTube. Too bad you and I are not one of them. I too am for DUMB.

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  24. 24. ramonem 2:03 pm 10/20/2009

    All humanitarian efforts should be applauded, but even more so if they are soundly based on previous experiences.

    It would be amazing if Bill Gates would consider contracting Allan Savory’s Holistic Management International, since his pioneering work was done precisely in Africa (mostly Zimbabwe, Namibia, and South Africa).

    Let’s not forget that without such previous experiences, some bonafide intents have resulted in the past not only in major failures, but in major ecological catastrophes –e.g., the introduction of goats as food resources into the Galapagos.

    And this is especially important in Africa, where agricultural, ranching and rural sprawl seems to collide at every step with international efforts to preserve whatever wildlife is left.

    Allan Savory has already walked his talk.

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  25. 25. arunan 2:48 pm 10/20/2009

    "Poor farmers are not a problem to be solved; they are the solution–the best answer for a world that is fighting hunger and poverty, and trying to feed a growing population," Good sound bites indeed!
    I have a sneaky feeling that even today, there is enough stuff for every one’s need; but, not for the greed of a certain sections of the people! Have Bill heard about Gandhi? Or else, he could check with Barrack Obama. Going green riding the GM crops is yet another joke!
    MC Arunan

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  26. 26. arunan 2:58 pm 10/20/2009

    "Poor farmers are not a problem to be solved; they are the solution–the best answer for a world that is fighting hunger and poverty, and trying to feed a growing population…" Good sound bites indeed!
    I have the sneaky feeling that even today, there is enough stuff for every ones need , but not for every ones greed. Has Bill heard of M.K. Gandhi? He may check with Barrack Obama on that, in case he hasn’t. Going green riding the GM bandwagon is yet another joke! And… one rich man feeding 6.5billion people is sheer wizadry, guys.
    MC Arunan

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  27. 27. smarkell 6:11 pm 10/20/2009

    I am very appreciative of Bill and Melinda Gates efforts on
    behalf of our planet and food production for the poorest country – especially Africa.

    HOWEVER, ARE YOU NUTS! INTRODUCING GM CROPS CANNOT BE THE ANSWER.

    How about water production and purification of the water?
    How about minimizing the amount of pesticides and maximizing the nutritional value of the food chosen to be grown?

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  28. 28. eco-steve 6:12 pm 10/20/2009

    A recent EU report reveals that if currently-available crops were planted rationally in soils and climates perfectly adapted to them, we could feed the enire world’s population using just one third of currently farmed arable land. It is the present systems of farming markets which is wasteful and irrational. Unfortunately for free-market enthusiasts, the present food crisis comes from a lack global planning…

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  29. 29. thrivikramji@gmail.com 11:30 am 10/21/2009

    Well unless we go for some black magic in place of genetically modified food, by 2050 the large chunk of 9 billion may go without good food. For political and quixotic reasons many in the administration of the countries like India-my own anyway- are arguing for keeping the GM at bay. Most of these arguers will be dead and gone. But people who listen to these guys will have to face the malnutrition of their own children. May god help and bless them.

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  30. 30. david_burress 12:35 pm 10/21/2009

    Amartya Sen received a Nobel prize for, among other things, pointing out the basic reason why Bill Gate’s green revolution schemes cannot possibly work.

    For over a century, hunger and famine have not been food production problems. They are income distribution problems. There has always been enough food on the planet, and infrastructure to transport it where it is needed, but at many times and places poor people lacked enough money to purchase it.

    It is true that poverty was often caused by crop failures and bad farming practices. It is also true that low tech ag extension and detailed analysis of systems can be helpful.

    It is not the case that new high tech ag can ever be anything other than counterproductive, for simple economic reasons: high tech agriculture is always, always capital intensive ag. Poor people do not have capital. They have labor, and they need help with labor-intensive ag. Bill Gates isn’t providing it. Instead, he is providing technologies that drive poor people off he land in favor of large, highly capitalized high tech farms.

    David Burress
    Ad Astra Institute
    Lawrence KS

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  31. 31. azalee 2:48 pm 10/21/2009

    Could’nt Mr Gates use the technic called hydro retention fertilizer? One brand is Polyter, and I’ve read some convincing leaflet about it. It could minimize the survival wars to gain more cultivated lands, and the need of bullying the natural process by which seeds select themselves according to the climate and soil without Monsanto manipulating them.

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  32. 32. thatoddoneout 2:55 pm 10/21/2009

    Thankfully patents on organic materials have been outlawed in Canada and Mexico, Monsanto can’t take over our crop. Hopefully other countries also ban such patents.

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  33. 33. Greygolla 3:35 pm 10/21/2009

    I am minded of the story of Suleman who threw a picnic for all the world’s creatures in celebration of the earth’s bounty, it went well until all the hungry sea life came to the feast. We must beware the unplanned guest at the table, the next generation with more mouths to feed. Still one must do good where one can.

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  34. 34. Laura Weldon 8:36 pm 10/21/2009

    The first Green Revolution was not regarded as a success by those whose perennial planting and traditional methods were ignored, who were made to use equipment no one could afford to repair or fuel, and who were provided hybrid seeds that could not be saved to replant.
    Genetically modified crops are hardly the answer either. This magazine reported that GM crops do not increase yield http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=can-genetically-modified-crops-feed-09-04-16 What GM crops do increase are the use of pesticides and climate-damaging agricultural methods.
    In fact, organic farms produce consistently high yields with good pest resistance http://solveclimate.com/blog/20090922/organic-farming-yields-far-better-crop-resistance-and-resiliance
    In fact, traditional farming methods are much more suited to the areas where they’ve been used (surprise) http://www.ciesin.org/docs/004-176a/004-176a.html
    One would think the world’s richest man might look into solving world hunger through equal access to justice, education and cultural respect.

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  35. 35. ray stasionis 9:03 pm 10/21/2009

    Before any farmer in Africa commits to a plot of land to farm he first must feel safe. Sadly Africa is an ocean of violence and until a blanket of safety covers the continent these efforts are all well and good but safety first is what needs addressing.

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  36. 36. jasonthebaldguy 2:04 am 10/22/2009

    SO Far GMO Crops actually perform more poorly than other crops and the yield is not as high for the effort. Considering that Monsanto and other Corps are buying up patents on GMO and NON GMO seed across the world and are trying to get U.S. Patents recognized Globally this is all a money game. Bill is going to feel duped in a year or two. Or maybe he is in on the heist… why not rape an pillage the villages in a civilized manner… who needs guns when you can use money!

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  37. 37. semmster 9:20 am 10/22/2009

    I’ve got a friend who’s very gung-ho about greenhouse, hydroponics and aquaponics technology. Mention of those things has been conspicuously absent in this article. Based on the yeilds and other advantages I hear about with these technologies, is there something I’m missing?

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  38. 38. semmster 9:23 am 10/22/2009

    I have a friend who’s very gung-ho about greenhouse, hydroponics and aquaponics. Mention of these is conspicuously absent from this article. Based on what I hear about yeilds and sustainability of these technologies, what am I missing?

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  39. 39. RedRoseAndy 11:25 am 10/22/2009

    Crows Footing is a way of planting that was told to me by my grandfather. Instead of planting trees in a set distance in rows of squares we can use equilateral triangles to plant them. The rows are closer together but the seed rows are planted out of sync with the rows on either side. In this way I found it possible to increase food production by 30%. This is an interesting statistic for those in agriculture. Not only can the amount of cash crops be increased, but more importantly, so can subsistence crops, which are much more important.

    Most crops can benefit from this method, grain crops being the exception. It might be possible to design a sower which plants in equilateral triangles for grain crops too.

    Crows Footing is now being used around the world in small numbers, thanks to my work colleagues having friends in agriculture in the Majority World, and we could all do more to spread the word.

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  40. 40. HurricaneLake 4:53 pm 10/23/2009

    Mr. Gates always has my unwavering admiration, even his imperialistic attitude over his software intrigued me. I am so thankful he has turned his attention to the farmers’ plight in Africa. I am so glad that it is him who is championing this endeavor.

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  41. 41. Redandgray 11:39 pm 10/23/2009

    Hmm, if Bill Gates cares so much about African people, why is he also meeting with other billionaires and celebrities to discuss population reduction?

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6350303.ece

    "SOME of Americas leading billionaires have met secretly to consider how their wealth could be used to slow the growth of the worlds population and speed up improvements in health and education.

    The philanthropists who attended a summit convened on the initiative of Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, discussed joining forces to overcome political and religious obstacles to change.

    Described as the Good Club by one insider it included David Rockefeller Jr, the patriarch of Americas wealthiest dynasty, Warren Buffett and George Soros, the financiers, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, and the media moguls Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey. "

    Ted Turner is on record advocating the reduction of the world’s population by 95%. He later adjusted his "good figure" to 1/4 the current population, meaning 4.5 billion should die off.

    Given his associates, how can such a man be trusted? And not to forget that his foundation has been caught giving tainted vaccines with sterilants to Africans more than once.

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  42. 42. momolu 12:20 am 10/24/2009

    CAN THE REACH PEOPLE IN THE WORLD HELP POOR PEOPLE ?
    I AM JAMES M.DORMAH,AND I AM VERY POOR I CAN NOT AFFORD TO GET FOOD TO EAT AND I AM SUFFERING HERE TOO MUCH,I WOULD LIKE FOR SOMEONE TO HELP ME HERE,I REALLY WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL,BUT NO FINANCE HERE,I AT HOME DOING NOTHING.I REALLY WANT FOR SOME ONE TO HELP ME GO TO SCHOOL
    CONTACT NUMBER:+233-248-360-572.
    EMAIL: technologyjames@yahoo.com
    Hope to hear from any one here.

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  43. 43. momolu 12:22 am 10/24/2009

    HI

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  44. 44. vengad818 12:53 am 10/24/2009

    Green revolution in india is made by fully chemical fertilizer, that’s impacts are arised after the years. The farmers are attemted to suside because cant do the futher cultivation in that chemical apply soil. GM food need more chemical than traditional varities. So this green revolution is not proper way or proper word

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  45. 45. Romeo&J 10:07 pm 10/25/2009

    Absolutely not,but nothing is so popular as goodness,If sincerely.

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  46. 46. riborp2 8:38 am 10/26/2009

    It is highly appreciable to help diminish poverty. But it is impossible to remove hunger and poverty fully. Still, it is a good idea to try to erase extreme poverty.

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  47. 47. ironjustice 11:58 am 10/29/2009

    There may be a use for GM modified food OTHER than simple feeding of people.
    This study shows what the PROPER use of GM food is capable of and the implications for this in man.
    The eradication of parasitical disease.
    Theoretically ..
    —————-

    http://www.scidev.net/en/news/chickens-immunised-by-gm-peas.html

    Chickens immunised by GM peas

    Chickens fed GM peas were protected against the parasite Eimeria, say researchers

    Genetically modified peas that can protect chickens against a common infection have been successful in trials, say scientists.

    The plants, which protected the chickens from a parasite called Eimeria, which costs the poultry industry US$2.4 billion a year, were developed by Sergey Kipriyanov and colleagues at Novoplant GmbH, a German plant biotechnology company.

    Scientists inserted a gene that caused the plants to produce an antibody that stops the parasite invading the chicken’s gut cells.

    The peas can be ground into flour and then added to cheap chicken fodder, making the approach suitable for rural poultry farming in developing countries, the researchers say.

    Even in chickens infected with high doses of the parasite GM pea flour reduced infections, say the researchers.

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  48. 48. ironjustice 12:52 pm 10/30/2009

    >> it is impossible<<

    Negativity man ..
    Explain in as few words as possible why you believe this.
    I will explain in as few words as possible why this is possible.
    I pick up my green pepper and IN that green pepper are over one hundred seeds and each seed gives you five peppers.
    In one growing season my green pepper has NOW produced over .. how many seeds .. ?

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  49. 49. Uncle B 7:04 am 11/17/2009

    As long as Gates owns the patent to the GMO’ed seeds , or owns shares in the company that does, and the seeds are of the normal "Terminator" type, the person who stands to make the most is Gates! Goddamn son of a bitch is getting poor self-sustaining folk hooked on GMO’s and profiteering from seed sales! India will most certainly have told him th Fvck off already, as they are now wise to this corporatists extraction plot, God help the poor African! disorganized, waring, and innocent, first AIDS to deal with now this Corporate Marauder, not satisfied with his cornered monopoly market on computers in the States, sets out to rape poor villagers in Africa! This is 18th century mercantile practices armed with 21st century weapons! akin to selling tobacco to Europe! Gates most certainly is not Christian in his intent! We bring Bibles, Education, good farming practices, and drill wells for water! we come to help, freely, not as carpetbagger seed salesmen using charitable hearts for cover, in an insidious plan to enslave! Read the Monsanto Stories from Indian press before you applaud this Yankee Asshole!

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  50. 50. Uncle B 7:05 am 11/17/2009

    As long as Gates owns the patent to the GMO’ed seeds , or owns shares in the company that does, and the seeds are of the normal "Terminator" type, the person who stands to make the most is Gates! Goddamn son of a bitch is getting poor self-sustaining folk hooked on GMO’s and profiteering from seed sales! India will most certainly have told him th fvck off already, as they are now wise to this corporatists extraction plot, God help the poor African! disorganized, waring, and innocent, first AIDS to deal with now this Corporate Marauder, not satisfied with his cornered monopoly market on computers in the States, sets out to rape poor villagers in Africa! This is 18th century mercantile practices armed with 21st century weapons! akin to selling tobacco to Europe! Gates most certainly is not Christian in his intent! We bring Bibles, Education, good farming practices, and drill wells for water! we come to help, freely, not as carpetbagger seed salesmen using charitable hearts for cover, in an insidious plan to enslave! Read the Monsanto Stories from Indian press before you applaud this Yankee Asshole!

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