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Gates Foundation = Monsanto

by: Jill Richardson

Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 18:27:40 PM PST

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Gates Foundations = Monsanto now even more than ever. I should refine that statement. Gates Foundation = in favor of a pro-biotech, for-profit, unsustainable, scary, powerful approach to "feeding the world" (a.k.a. lining corporate pockets). And they have many ties to Monsanto including a brand new one. They just filled Rajiv Shah's old job with Sam Dryden. Dryden's resume is enough to make me throw up.
Jill Richardson :: Gates Foundation = Monsanto
  • 1973: Graduates from Emory with a BA
  • 1973: Analyst at US Dept of Commerce Dept of Economic Analysis
  • 1974-1980: Works at Union Carbide
  • 1980: "led the spin-out of Union Carbide's biotechnologies and related business operations and was subsequently co-founder, President and CEO of Agrigenetics Corporation" (a large seed company)
  • 1985: Agrigenetics is bought out (presumably by Dow AgroSciences). Dryden leaves after the sale. Dryden founds Big Stone Inc "a private venture investment and development company focused on the life sciences."

    The firm participated in founding over a dozen companies in area such as biopesticides, novel nucleic acid-based therapeutics and diagnostic products, transgenic animals, fermentation based production of vitamins, pharmaceutical clinical trialing, environmental toxicological testing and bio therapeutics.

  • Somewhere in this timeline, Drysden served as the "non-executive chairman" of Celgro, Inc. - an "independent venture of Celgene Corporation, a company focused on the development of novel, single-isomer, agricultural chemical compounds."
  • From there, he went on to become CEO of Emergent Genetics, Inc. (a biotech seed company and the third largest cotton seed company in the U.S.)
  • 2005: Monsanto acquires most of Emergent Genetics (Syngenta buys the rest). Dryden goes to work at Monsanto.
  • June 2006: Dryden becomes Managing Director of Wolfensohn & Company, an investment and consulting company founded by a former World Bank president (James Wolfensohn). Drysden's focus is investing in alternative energies.

FYI, Union Carbide's famous disaster in Bhopal, India occurred on December 3, 1984 - four years after Dryden left the company. The plant, which manufactured the pesticide carbaryl (a.k.a. Sevin), was established in 1969, which means it was put into operation long before Dryden worked at Union Carbide and it was in operation during Dryden's entire time working there.

If that all ain't scary enough, read about what this guy does in his spare time:

In addition to his for-profit activities, Sam has extensive pro-bono involvement in efforts relating to food security and international economic development.  Currently he is an advisor to The World Bank regarding rural development strategy.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Crop Diversity Trust.  Sam serves on the Nation Academies Panel on Science and Technology for Global Sustainability.  In the past, he served on the Steering Committee for the Global Assessment on Agricultural Science and Technology, led by the World Bank.  He was a member of the Executive Council, as well as chair of the Private Sector Committee, of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.  He has been as advisor to the Rockefeller, McKnight and Macarthur Foundations and a member of the Design Advisory Committee and Scientific Advisory Board of its African Agricultural Technology Foundation -- an organization created for the advancement of African food security.  In the mid-1980's, Sam chaired a Rockefeller Brothers Fund development initiative to benefit developing country food security.  He aslo served on the Board of the South/North Development Initiative -- a private Rockefeller Family foundation for alleviation of rural poverty in less developed countries through entrepreneurial development.  He is a past member of the U.S. Government's Agricultural Sciences and Technology Review Board.

Sam is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and serves on its Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property and American Competitiveness.  In the past he served on its Study Group analyzing trade issues between the United States and Europe surrounding genetically modified foods. [emphasis mine]

Sustainability? Crop diversity? Food security? Are they joking? Also note that he's got some Green Revolution credentials in there with his work with CGIAR and the Rockefeller Foundation. Then there's his work with the World Bank and the Council on Foreign Relations. It's not terribly surprising that Gates picked him really. The Gates Foundation just formally joined CGIAR, and Sylvia Mathews Burwell (Dryden's new boss) is on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations.  

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Also... (4.00 / 4)
...I have it on good faith that he roasts puppies and kittens on his backyard grill most July weekends.


It's amazing what they've done to the word "sustainability", isn't it?

Bill Gates information (4.00 / 4)
A sampling of the Gates Foundation's largest investments:

Between $100 million and $1 billion

   * Abbott Laboratories
   * Archer Daniels Midland

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Reprinted from The Los Angeles Times, January 7, 2007 with an introduction by Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center

Bill Gates: Philanthropist or Profiteering Polluter?

"The Gates Foundation has poured $218 million into polio and measles immunization and research worldwide, including in the Niger Delta. At the same time that it is paying for inoculations to protect health, it has invested $423 million in Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Total of France - the companies responsible for most of the flares blanketing the delta with pollution, beyond anything permitted in the United States or Europe. A sampling of the Gates Foundation's largest investments between $100 million and $1 billion: Abbott Laboratories, Archer Daniels Midland, British Petroleum, Canadian National Railway, Exxon Mobil, Freddie Mac, French Government, Japanese Government, Merck, Schering Plough, Tyco International, Waste Management...Indeed, local leaders blame oil developments for fostering some of the very afflictions that the foundation combats." - Charles Piller, Edmund Sanders, Robyn Dixon, LA Times

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has more than $60 billion at its disposal - an amount higher than the gross domestic products of 70 percent of the world's nations - is reportedly financially backing corporations which pollute the same areas of Africa that are targeted for vaccines made by companies that Gates also funds. A report in the LA Times points out that:

The Gates Foundation endowment had major holdings in:

   * Companies ranked among the worst U.S. and Canadian polluters, including ConocoPhillips, Dow Chemical Co. and Tyco International;
   * Many of the world's other major polluters, including companies that own an oil refinery and one that owns a paper mill, which a study shows sicken children while the foundation tries to save their parents from AIDS;
   * Pharmaceutical companies that price drugs beyond the reach of AIDS patients the foundation is trying to treat.
Link from my (not too often used) blog Food For oil Redux http://foodforoilredux.wordpre...

"Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much the heart can hold." ~Zelda Fitzgerald  

The GMO Revolution (3.50 / 2)
I guess the Gates Foundation thinks they can increase the world's food production even more by using the corporates and their GMOs to do what Norman Borlaug and cheap oil did for the Rockefeller Foundation.

I think the fly in their ointment is that ridiculous Intellectual Property regimen which will keep their crap overpriced and the chemicals they depend on rising along with the price of fossil fuels. I'm surprised the Gates people don't use their $billions and simply buy out the patents for various GMO corn, wheat and rice and give them to the world (I hope this doesn't give them any ideas).

This one video below haunts me, and I haven't found in it a single issue I disagree with. What to do? What to do?

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