May 23, 2002
Killing Z Softly

A prototypical AZ World story: the power of NGOs, and more to the point, Bill Gates as an NGO.

"Bill Gates thinks he's got a brilliant idea: fighting malnutrition abroad by fortifying food.

The scheme, backed with $50 million from the Gates Foundation, in part encourages Proctor & Gamble, Philip Morris' Kraft, and other companies to develop vitamin and iron-fortified processed foods. It then facilitates their entry into Third World markets."

One paragraph mentions a very compelling story I would like to know more about, namely the Brazilian town of Belo Horizonte which declared food a "right of citizenship," which apparently led to a series of innovations which run counter to Gates' brute-force technological solution of introducing more processed foods, etc.

Posted by tmonkey at May 23, 2002 05:57 PM

One of the funny things, actually, being looked into, is that if Coca-Cola can get its product down to the smallest and most remote villages, why can't, e.g. pharmaceutical companies?

Or, to be clear: why don't we just use Coke's distribution routes for the rest of the stuff we need to distribute?

Just asking.

Posted by: kevin slavin on May 23, 2002 09:25 PM

Entry into Third World market...and a sneaky way to slip GE crops into the world market under the guise of fighting malnutrition, eg. Golden Rice.

Posted by: krobinson on May 24, 2002 11:27 AM
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