Johhny Electriglide wrote:
Not really an "environmental" subject except a similarity to the spread of the "green revolution" which led to overpopulation stimulus.
"We believe if we can get nitron fixing cereals we can deliver much higher yields to farmers in Africa and allow them to grow enough food for themselves."
That was the same faulty thinking that got them grossly overpopulated after WWII especially. Instead of more food lifting them out of near starvation poverty, they just bred more until they were again at near starvation poverty level, and close to crashing. I thought Gates was smarter. He would do better to give them massive education, teach them to compost and use solar cookers and power, promote women's rights, free sterilizations, vasectomies, and birth control, or just let them crash to at or below sustainable level, like they will anyway with more food.
You paint yourself a caring person but you are more than happy to see may hundreds of millions starve because you have a little western guilt complex about being well off and you don't like poor people.
The present artificially high food prices due to bio-deisel are currently killing people faster than Hitler managed. When histories of this period are written by those African nations who are being lifted out of poverty by the appliance of their own hard work plus occaisional enlightened thinking from organisations such as the Gates foundation they will site groups such as Friends of the earth and individuals such as yourself as perpitrators of these deeds of uncaring murder. Expect those countries to be putting in charges of crimes against humanity to the world court in 20 years.