[permaculture] Gates Foundation/ Community Food Enterprise

Lawrence F. London, Jr. venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Mon Feb 1 07:42:06 EST 2010

Evan Schoepke wrote:

>  The gates foundation has no real interest in local food only trendy PR.
>  The do have a serious interest partnering with Monsanto and dumping GMO's
> on Africa<http://www.grist.org/article/2010-01-08-gates-foundation-agribusiness-dryden/>,
> which of course will be detrimental in the short and long term.  If I've
> learned anything at all in my life is that don't trust wealthy industrialist
> to save the world, they never have and never will.  Check out this expose
> <http://punkrockpermaculture.com/2010/01/11/can-permaculture-save-detroit/>on
> the Hantz Farm project (aka giant gentrification land grab) in Detroit to
> see exactly what I mean.

To repeat this:

Everything You HAVE TO KNOW about Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods
on Vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/6575475

[GMO's are obviously Trojans, i.e. population reduction & genocide in
disguise, add the effects of all categories of synthetic pesticides and
chemical fertilizers used to produce them, especially roundup.]

and destruction of indigenous, traditional local agricultural systems,
their seed banks, their way of life and survival and local peace and 
pollute their land [buy off their leaders and start civil wars, create 
refugees, drive them off their land then steal it from them, set up 
multinational corporate factory farms, harvest their natural resources, 
and give them back not one penny]

then con all the foolish well intentioned folks in the developed nations 
into thinking they can help by supporting some bullshit phonyass movie; 
how much money have they donated toward any of the causes they allegedly 

And to repeat this:

Pro-Liberty Resources & Links
Heartland: Resources & Links
Idaho Observer Article

Seed Saver’s Exchange, Svalgard, and the USDA
by Kent Whealy, co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange

The following is an excerpt from a July 2009 letter sent by the founder
of Seed Saver’s Exchange to SSE members. In its 2009 Catalog of Heirloom
Seeds, Books and Gifts, SSE called itself "a non-profit membership
organization dedicated to conserving and promoting heirloom vegetables,
fruits, herbs and flowers…These include our members’ family
heirlooms…and [26,000 endangered] traditional varieties from around the
world." This letter demonstrates that its original purpose has been
usurped. Those with a different motive have, by slow infiltration and
financial contributions, taken over one of humanities greatest
collection of treasures— seeds.

Nearly three decades ago, I incorporated the Seed Savers Exchange (SSE)
as a nonprofit corporation, the only legal structure in the U.S.
designed to live on beyond its founder, which I knew would be essential
for maintaining its long-term genetic preservation projects. For 33
years I worked to create and fund SSE and the Heritage Farm and Twin
Valleys Ancient White Park cattle herd. All of my writings and photos,
every book I've ever published, every business opportunity and land deal
that ever came my way, I selflessly gave to Seed Savers. I put
substantial and highly functional facilities into place, along with an
increasingly solid staff, because I knew the transition from my
leadership would be difficult.

SSE's greatest treasure is its seed collection of 26,000 rare vegetable
varieties, being permanently maintained at Heritage Farm, which
represents the legacy and combined efforts of more than 3,500 of SSE's
Listed Members who generously contributed their families' heirloom seeds
to SSE's collection during the last three decades. As stated in SSE's
Articles of Incorporation, SSE's seed collection was developed as a
permanent backup for our members' efforts (so that they could get their
seeds back if ever lost), and over the years it has become the best
collection of heirloom food crops in the world, truly a Peoples Seed
Bank, like all of the collections of traditional seeds being maintained
by villages of indigenous farmers throughout the world.

I remember two decades ago when trust in Seed Savers had grown to the
point that Native Americans began offering their sacred seeds through
SSE's Yearbooks. In 2005 Gary Nabhan, one of our advisors, was able to
give back samples of all of the Hopi varieties to the Hopi in a ceremony
that was the largest repatriation of native seeds in history. I had
anticipated repatriating most of the Native American varieties in SSE's
collection to their respective tribes, about 140 Indian varieties from
40 different sovereign nations.

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