A Globalized Agribusiness-controlled Agriculture.
The Green Revolution purported to solve the world hunger problem to a major degree in Africa was merely a chemical revolution.
As Henry Kissinger declared in the 1970’s:
‘If you control the oil you control the country; if you control food, you control the population.’
Let’s go back in time, say a few decades. It’s the early 1950’s and John H. Davis had been Assistant Agriculture Secretary under President Dwight Eisenhower. Davis left Washington in 1955 and went to the Harvard Graduate School of Business. In 1956, Davis wrote an article in the Harvard Business Review in which he declared that “the only way to solve the so-called farm problem once and for all, and avoid cumbersome government programs, is to progress from agriculture to agribusiness.”
But when did farming ever become a problem? People have been planting food in their backyards for centuries, why would that be something that needs to be changed? Let’s follow the money trail shall we…
The Green Revolution was based on proliferation of new hybrid seeds in developing markets. What’s important to know about hybrid seeds is their lack of reproductive capacity. They are genetically protected against multiplication, with a significantly lower seed count than that of the first generation. Compared to normal open pollinated species whose seed gave yields similar to its parents, hybrids would have to be bought year by year, again and again to produce high yields.
What does this mean?
It means farmers in Africa had to become dependent on foreign, mostly US agribusiness and petro-chemical company inputs. This was a decades-long, carefully planned process that finally came to fruition. No accident was also the depopulation of peasants who were forced to flee into shantytown slums around the cities in desperate search for work. This is a typical example of how farming has been boycotted by big business. Not only are farmers forced to buy new seeds but also new chemicals, to yield effectively. But the mono-culture cultivation of new hybrid seed varieties decreased soil fertility and yields over time.
When apartheid ended and Nelson Mandela took over in 1994, 87 per cent of South Africa’s agricultural land was owned by whites. No doubt an emotive issue across southern Africa where the example of Zimbabwe looms like a dark and marauding cloud. About 3.1 million hectares of land have been transferred to poor blacks, less than 2 per cent of available agricultural land. Yet small peasant farmers could not afford the chemical and other modern inputs and had to borrow money. Sometimes they end up selling their land, hoping to find work in the city. Even with soft loans from government agencies, growing subsistence crops gave way to the production of cash crops. I didn’t understand the full impact of GMO’s on our ecosystem until I watched this presentation by Stephanie Seneff, highly recommended.
The Era of Genetic Modification
The Green Revolution was in actual fact a ‘Gene Revolution’ as Rockefeller Foundation President Gordon Conway termed it several years ago, the spread of industrial agriculture and commercial inputs including GMO patented seeds. Sadly Africa is the next target in the US-government campaign to spread GMO worldwide. A worthy and ideal candidate for the big corporations that love us so much. Monsanto, who has a strong foothold in South Africa’s seed industry, both GMO and hybrid, has conceived of an ingenious smallholders’ programme, introducing a green revolution package to small scale poor farmers, coupled with Monsanto’s patented GMO seeds. Interesting. The same seeds of doubt who has activist like Stephanie Seneff and Vandana Shiva so very pissed off.
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa is an American concept that is chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. In his acceptance speech in a World Economic Forum event in Cape Town South Africa in June 2007, Kofi Annan stated:
‘I accept this challenge with gratitude to the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and all others who support our African campaign.’
In addition the AGRA board numbers a South African, Strive Masiyiwa who is a Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation. It includes Sylvia M. Mathews of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Mamphela Ramphele, former Managing Director of the World Bank (2000 – 2006); Rajiv J. Shah of the Gates Foundation; Nadya K. Shmavonian of the Rockefeller Foundation; Roy Steiner of the Gates Foundation. In addition, an Alliance for AGRA includes Gary Toenniessen the Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation and Akinwumi Adesina, Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation.
To fill out the lineup, the Programmes for AGRA includes Peter Matlon, Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation; Joseph De Vries, Director of the Programme for Africa’s Seed Systems and Associate Director, Rockefeller foundation; Akinwumi Adesina, Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation. Like the old failed Green Revolution in India and Mexico, the new Africa Green Revolution is clearly a high priority of the Rockefeller Foundation.
I don’t know about you but I see a whole lot of Rockefeller’s in there, the family that highhandedly managed to enslave 99% of humanity to money. Well done Rockefellers, you are oh so powerful. Oh and fuck you Bill Gates and your GMO Bananas, you can go shove them somewhere sideways.
The introduction of modern American agricultural technology has seen a decrease in crop yields and an increase in disease ever since it’s been introduced. GMO is now banned in several countries across the globe after the safety of these modified crops were called into question. I don’t know about you, but if something is BANNED in another country, especially when it comes to food, I get an uneasy feeling. Let’s add our name to this already amazing list and take back our food supply. The Rockefeller Foundation has been working for years to promote, largely without success, projects to introduce GMOs into the fields of Africa. They have backed research that supports the applicability of GMO cotton in the Makhathini Flats in South Africa.
Farmers who grow organic produce don’t use conventional methods to fertilize and control weeds. Examples of organic farming practices include using natural fertilizers to feed soil and plants, and using crop rotation or mulch to manage weeds. These farming practices are in no way out of date and have worked for centuries. What’s needed is education around the ecosystem we live in, how can it be used to harness good farming practices? Are there bugs that can naturally be deterred by other animals. How do we introduce these animals into the environment? I believe everything was created to further a specific cause, even GMO’s. The real revolution will not include the Green Revolution, I envision it taking place in people’s gardens. With most things, it starts at home. Let’s go Urban!
Love is where the stomach is, so eat organic, love a lot and appreciate that everything takes time, especially your food.