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Development aid as a way for the entry of transgenics

Development aid as a way for the entry of transgenics

By RALLT

Despite the large amount of evidence that exists on the failures of the application of biotechnology in agriculture, in the United States Senate a bill of development aid of many billions of dollars has been proposed, a fund that would be aimed at more research on genetic engineering. The law is proposed on the grounds that GM crops are essential to feed the world's poor.


The United States government, as part of its development aid programs, aims to massively promote transgenic crops in the poorest countries of the world, and thus benefit their biotechnology companies.

Despite the large amount of evidence that exists on the failures of the application of biotechnology in agriculture, in the United States Senate a bill of development aid of many billions of dollars has been proposed, a fund that would be aimed at more research on genetic engineering. The law is proposed on the grounds that GM crops are essential to feed the world's poor.

The proposal is called the Global Food Security Act (SB 384), and it represents the largest agricultural project aimed at development aid since the Green Revolution was introduced, which forced Third World farmers to mass-adopt high-quality seeds. yield, dependent on pesticides, mechanization of the field, artificial irrigation systems, to produce products mainly for export, in the decades of 1959 and 1960.

This new bill, which actually intends to re-launch a new green revolution, but this time based on transgenic seeds, but also on other cutting-edge technologies such as nanotechnology), has been strongly supported by the agribusiness sector in the United States.

This legislation is also known as the Lugar-Casey Act because the bill was made by Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Robert Casey (D-PA). The bill aims to reform aid programs to focus long-term on agricultural development, and restructure aid agencies to respond to crises.

The fund for agricultural development - about $ 7.7 billion of the total planned under the bill - is largely directed to research on genetically modified crops.


This bill is complemented by other initiatives such as those of the Gates Foundation.

The Gates Foundation together with the Rockefeller Foundation launched an initiative called AGRA that aims to launch a new green revolution in Africa, with the argument that the first green revolution did not have a strong foothold in Africa, unlike what happened in America Latin and Asia.

Although AGRA does not work directly with transgenic seeds, it does promote new varieties that will replace the traditional varieties used by farmers throughout the continent. This new green revolution will work with seeds on which the food sovereignty of the African peoples is based, such as sorghum, banana, sweet potato, corn and rice, and it is intended to develop varieties resistant to droughts, (with the argument that we must adapt to climate change), certain viruses, etc.

This project is complemented by a strong promotion of what they call agrodealers (traveling technology vendors), who are people from the same communities, who will be in charge of distributing the technological package, so the new seeds will reach the most remote corners of the continent. .

But in addition, the Gates Foundation works in a strong line of genetic engineering through its program THE GRAND CHALLENGE IN GLOBAL HEALTH INITIATIVE (Initiative to challenge global health), where very large sums are given for research in transgenic crops, to Universities and research centers in the United States, but aimed at Third World crops, including banana, cassava, rice and sorghum crops with higher amounts of nutrients, for example with more Vitamin A (a kind of golden rice), Iron, Calcium, etc. .

This initiative also works strongly in nanotechnology.

One of the great beneficiaries of this fund is the Danforth Center, based in St. Louis, where Monsanto is based. This center also receives strong funding from Monsanto.

Another recipient of the Gates funds is Monsanto itself.

The Carter Foundation is one of the fund's administrators.

Unlike the first green revolution, these new seeds will have intellectual property, and will be produced using a series of instruments that are patented. For example, the development of Monsanto has said that it will collaborate on some of the projects, making available (and charging) for its proprietary technology.

Remember that Bill Gates made his immense fortune based on intellectual property, becoming the richest man in the world. He influenced the laws of many countries to recognize copyrights (which benefited him).

It is this same spirit that drives Gates's new green revolution, which also takes on the old elements of Rockefelelr's green revolution, that is, promoting the consumption of petroleum-based inputs (remember that Rockefeller, as owner of Standard Oil He was also in his time the richest man in the world, based on oil).

USAID is also working on the development of new transgenic varieties for Africa, using arguments such as facing adaptation to climate change, and alleviating hunger in the world, it coordinates closely with the projects of the Gates Foundation.

All these programs are complemented with support for the development of biosafety and intellectual property standards, to facilitate the entry of these new transgenic organisms into countries where they have not yet entered (which are the vast majority of countries).

Added to this scenario is the new bill, which will inject the biotechnology industry with an additional 7 billion dollars, which will allow it to reach a market that has been closed to it, which are the world's poor, because with the argument that the objective is to help the problem of hunger, work will be done with the crops on which the food sovereignty of many peoples depends.

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