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What Gates gets wrong on GE, every time

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Influential philanthropists like Bill Gates hold a responsibility to be well informed about the impacts of their spending — and their words. Late last month in his annual letter on his foundation's priorities, Gates asserted that lack of support for genetically engineered (GE) crops allows world hunger to endure. He is wrong.

We engaged the editorial team at, which covered Gates' letter, in a dialogue to correct a few of the key points that Gates' gets wrong about world hunger, the Green Revolution and the broken promises of GE.

Bill Gates Calls For More GMOs

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KIRKLAND, Wash. — Bill Gates has a terse response to criticism that the high-tech solutions he advocates for world hunger are too expensive or bad for the environment: Countries can embrace modern seed technology and genetic modification or their citizens will starve.

When he was in high school in the 1960s, people worried there wouldn't be enough food to feed the world, Gates recalled in his fourth annual letter, which was published online Tuesday. But the "green revolution," which transformed agriculture with high-yield crop varieties and other innovations, warded off famine.

California Slaughterhouse Law Struck Down by Top U.S. Court

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Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a California law requiring slaughterhouses to immediately euthanize animals that are too sick to stand up, saying the measure violated a federal meat-safety law.

The unanimous ruling today is a victory for the National Meat Association, an industry trade group that challenged the California law.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates stops over in Cairns for 'secret' banana meeting

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Daniel Bateman
Thursday, December 22, 2011
© The Cairns Post

ONE of the world’s richest men has made a top-secret visit to Cairns to find out how his genetically modified crop of bananas is going.

Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, slipped into the Far North last Saturday for a brief meeting with five scientists from the Queensland University of Technology.

The scientists, who have $10 million backing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have been developing a genetically modified banana plant at Innisfail capable of resisting a devastating disease.

The GMO Emperor has no clothes

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A Global Citizens Report on the State of GMOs - False promises, failed technologies

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