AGRA Watch is a grassroots, Seattle-based group challenging the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s questionable agricultural programs in Africa, including its Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The Gates Foundation and AGRA claim to be “pro-poor” and “pro-environment,” but their approach is closely aligned with transnational corporations, such as Monsanto, and foreign policy actors like USAID. They take advantage of food and global climate crises to promote high-tech, market-based, industrial agriculture and generate profits for corporations even while degrading the environment and disempowering farmers. Their programs are a form of philanthrocapitalism based on biopiracy.
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One of the things CAGJ does best is to bring the community together to challenge the corporate control of our food system. CAGJ is a scrappy organization with a big reach. Just this month we had two successful actions bringing attention to two very important issues:
Corporate Takeover of Africa’s Food: On March 23, 2015 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development sponsored a secret meeting in London to promote a recent report they commissioned detailing in clear terms how to privatize the seed and agricultural markets of Africa- without African stakeholders having a seat at the table. CAGJ/AGRA Watch and Global Justice Now coordinated simultaneous actions in Seattle and London. KiroTV covered the event here: Demonstrators picket Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information see here.
NO GMO Salmon: On March 7th, 2015 people gathered in front of the Seattle Costco to deliver over 50,000 petitions from around the country asking Costco to commit to not selling Genetically Engineered (GE) salmon even if approved by the FDA. We were excited to get excellent TV coverage with a spot on KiroTV a few days before the action! For more information see here.
Our food system will not survive this global takeover without us intervening. Become a member of CAGJ today and let’s set this trajectory on a different path!
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