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    Default Why Is Bill Gates Backing GMO Red Banana 'Biopiracy'?


    Adam Breasley & Oliver Tickell
    November 24 2014

    The Gates Foundation has sunk $15 million into developing GMO 'super bananas' with high levels of pre-Vitamin A, writes Adam Breasley. But the project is using 'stolen' genes from a Micronesian banana cultivar. And what exactly is the point, when delicious, popular, nutritious 'red bananas' rich in caroteinoids are already grown around the tropics?


    All told, Dr Dale's globe-trotting GMO bananas are a globe-trotting case of biopiracy. The traditional knowledge they have used comes directly from Micronesia and is the heritage of communities across the Asia-Pacific region.
    Among the controversial projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the development and testing of a biofortified GMO banana developed to boost its iron, Vitamin E and pro-Vitamin A content.

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    Default Re: Why Is Bill Gates Backing GMO Red Banana 'Biopiracy'?

    Most of these countries would be far better off planting Moringa trees, high in nutrients, especially vitamin A. They do well in warm climates. But not much profit to be made in that!

    Just imagine if Bill Gates had spent the same amount of money planting forests of edible trees/plants and providing water! (Oops, sorry, my idealism got a bit carried away there!)

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    Default Re: Why Is Bill Gates Backing GMO Red Banana 'Biopiracy'?

    "But the project is using 'stolen' genes from a Micronesian banana cultivar. And what exactly is the point...

    This may seem off the wall, but I believe Gates sees GMO crops as a concept that can be digitized, cataloged, and readily controlled from a data base.

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