Vandana Shiva and Russell Brand discussed the history of agriculture, the role of Big Food in the current global cost-of-living crisis and how Gates is promoting “basically a surveillance agriculture.”
Netherlands Farmer-Citizen Movement
The BBB aims to fight government plans
to slash nitrogen emissions harmful to biodiversity
by dramatically reducing livestock numbers and buying out thousands of farms
Farmers’ protest party win shock Dutch vote victory
March 16 2023
“A farmers’ party has stunned Dutch politics, and is set to be the biggest party in the upper house of parliament after provincial elections.
The Farmer-citizen movement (BBB) was only set up in 2019 in the wake of widespread farmers’ protests.
But with most votes counted they are due to win 15 of the Senate’s seats with almost 20% of the vote. “This isn’t normal, but actually it is! It’s all normal citizens who voted,” said leader Caroline van der Plas.
But its appeal has spread rapidly beyond its rural heartland, on a populist platform that represents traditional, conservative Dutch social and moral values.
Shocked by the scale of their success, Ms van der Plas told supporters that voters normally stayed at home if they lost faith in politics: “But today people have shown they can’t stay at home any longer. We won’t be ignored any more.”
“Fifty organizations dedicated to food sovereignty and food justice issues signed an open letter calling out Bill Gates over his latest claim that technology is the solution to world hunger and food sovereignty and asking the media to do a better job of covering the issue.”
“You are part of creating the very problem you name,” the groups wrote. “The AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa) initiative, which your foundation continues to fund, has also pushed restrictive seed legislation that limits and restricts crop innovation to well-resourced labs and companies.”
Bill Gates on the need for agricultural innovation
Oct 17, 2022
Innovation is going to be the key to fighting climate change and hunger in sub-Saharan Africa. Bill Gates talks about past innovations like drought-resistant maize, the current food crisis, and solutions for our future.
Progress is possible, but not inevitable. A better world by 2030 is well within our reach — if we work together.
Bill Gates Should Stop Telling Africans What Kind of Agriculture Africans Need
Among other things, we might simply not agree
July 6 2021