What’s worse, the Obama Administration appointed former Monsanto-lawyer Michael R. Taylor to the FDA and to oversee a $20 billion aid program in Africa based on plans funded by Rockefeller Foundation and companies like Monsanto, Syngenta and others.
Biosafety activists in South Africa are calling a program funded by the Gates Foundation a “Trojan horse” to open the door for private agribusiness and genetically engineered (GE) seeds, including a drought-resistant corn that Monsanto hopes to have approved in the United States and abroad.
The Gates foundation had spent $27.6 million on 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock between April and June . Leading biotech companies like Monsanto, Syngenta. Bayer and Dow are currently racing to develop crops that will grow in drought conditions caused by climate change
A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission says the foundation bought 500,000 shares of the stock between April and June 2010. But on Friday, the total value was $27.6 million.
That changed when, four years ago, the foundation, along with the Rockefeller Foundation, created the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), aimed at alleviating hunger by boosting farm productivity.
On July 7, 2009, Taylor once again returned to government as “senior advisor” to the FDA Commissioner. Taylor’s re-appointment to the FDA came just after Obama and the other G-8 leaders pledged $20 billion to fight hunger in Africa over the next three years.
According to Paula Crossfield “President Obama is embedded in a bubble” featuring some of the fervent promoters of the biotech industry and a Green Revolution in Africa. Before joining Obama’s transition team, Taylor was a Senior Fellow at the think tank Resources for the Future, where he published two documents on U.S. aid for African agriculture, both of which were funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. And on January 13, 2010, he was appointed to another newly created post at the FDA, this time as Deputy Commissioner for Foods.
Bill Gates is investing millions in a seed bank on the Barents Sea near the Arctic Ocean, some 1,100 kilometers from the North Pole. Svalbard is a barren piece of rock claimed by Norway and ceded in 1925 by international treaty.
On this God-forsaken island Bill Gates is investing tens of his millions along with the Rockefeller Foundation, Monsanto Corporation, Syngenta Foundation and the Government of Norway, among others, in what is called the ‘doomsday seed bank.’ Officially the project is named the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard island group.