Bill Gates' new project: Farming

Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates announced a new direction Friday as he pledged $306 million in grants to develop farming in poor countries, leading the charge for corporate responsibility at a major meeting of business chiefs. Bill Gates, Bono and Michael Dell from Dell computers. The announcement by Gates, who is to step down from the computer giant later this year, drew attention from the financial woes that have dominated the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Gates received a standing ovation for his announcement at the suggestion of U2 frontman Bono. The move, the first foray into agriculture by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will help boost efforts by the annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland to shake off its image as a billionaire's talking shop that does little to solve the problems it discusses. "If we are serious about ending extreme hunger and poverty around the world, we must be serious about transforming agriculture for small farmers, most of whom are women," Gates said.

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So Bill Gates's eugenics Foundation is moving into food production, I wonder if his buddies at Monsanto and the other GM Corporations will be getting involved as they are with the doomsday seed vault. I'd guess they will be.

Oh and that Bono, he's just a corporate shill whether unwitting or not.

Today, agriculture is way more lucrative that technology and in moment of crisis agriculture, mining (and warfare) will become the spine of global resources.

So, bill gates just want more money.

But, there are a drawback, technology works on a very different basis that agriculture, in agriculture soil and water (and wheater) means everything, you can loss everything in a day.

Bill Gates is decades ahead of the crowd, again!

The future is farming. When the food crisis finally hits, this will become clear. There are 1 billion people in China rapidly reaching middle class status. There are 1 billion people in India who are earning more each year.

Read "Hot Commodities" by Jim Rogers. Learn something about the commodity bull market.

Learn about peak oil and why small scale, local farming will be the future, and why industrial farming will go the way of the dinosaur. We may not feel it with oil at $90 a barrel. We may not feel it with oil at $250 a barrel. But we WILL feel it with oil at $1500 a barrel.

I hope this works but here are two examples why it probably won't.

Zimbabwe had one of the most productive agricultural economies around. They had enough food for the whole country plus they exported food as well. Then a regime change came in and the farms were taken away from the rightful owners and transferred to what the new govt termed "native people". Well the native people were lazy sobs and people have been starving in Zimbabwe ever since.

Secondly we have a recent event in Palestine. The Israeli Govt moved out a bunch of Israeli's and they left behind the flourishing agricultural business in hopes the Palestinians could take over and make a living from it. They did make a living for about a week. The Palestinians went in and dismantled all the pipes and equipment used in the farming and sold it off to make a quick payday.

You can only help people so much if they don't have a mindset to see beyond next week.

EA/Maxis will steal the idea and make Sim Country 3000: Advanced Farming.


But, in all honesty, I thought they where talking about WoW by the subject line.

/dance

(Burst404 said @ #10)
EA/Maxis will steal the idea and make Sim Country 3000: Advanced Farming.


But, in all honesty, I thought they where talking about WoW by the subject line.

/dance


You've never heard of Sim Farm? it was a pretty nice farm sim

Now this is the kind of stuff people should be putting money toward to, not giving out pills to AIDs sufferers.

Why can not aid be on different levels, and for different people? How about malaria medicine? Is that forbidden according to Xilo, too?

Why would we do this at home? We already grow in far excess of what we need or can possibly use. What they are talking about is bringing up some of the third world countries up to even a fraction of our agricultural level. I like the general idea, as in teach them to fend for themselves and the rest will follow. Makes allot more sense than just throwing money or direct food at them and watching the petty warlords and dictators horde it all to increase or hold onto their power.

I also agree with the other poster that it makes more sense than sending in the military to try and force the changes.

(Intelman said @ #6)
I'd like to see more investment at home.

Like biodiesel, ethanol, etc. Doing something to stop these criminal oil prices would help the entire planet. But you know, Bill just wants to do the politically correct thing, for the publicity.

(toadeater said @ #6.1)

Like biodiesel, ethanol, etc. Doing something to stop these criminal oil prices would help the entire planet. But you know, Bill just wants to do the politically correct thing, for the publicity.

What a stupid comment.

You think Bill is doing this just for the publicity????

Come in Number 9 your time is up. Have you ever heard of the planet called Earth?

And that's the problem with the States. We set out to help everybody's country but our own. Millions starve right now in America, sure, not on the same level as they do, but still.

I just think people from America should help Americans first and other places after. Just my opinion, and what I would do.

The B&MGF isn't "America". It isn't the governement. It isn't a US corporation. Yes, Bill and Melinda are both citizens of America, but the foundation is international.

As for the "America" thing, as an influential country, America has an ethical obligation as a leading world citizen. Are you recommending we cut out all foreign aid?

(Mike Frett said @ #4)
And that's the problem with the States. We set out to help everybody's country but our own. Millions starve right now in America, sure, not on the same level as they do, but still.

I just think people from America should help Americans first and other places after. Just my opinion, and what I would do.

Write that to your government. Your government wastes billions of U.S. dollars and thousands of U.S. citizens (soldiers) in a war against a country that's no threat to the U.S.

(GEIST said @ #4.2)

Write that to your government. Your government wastes billions of U.S. dollars and thousands of U.S. citizens (soldiers) in a war against a country that's no threat to the U.S.

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