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Why Is the Obama Administration Suddenly So Interested in African Farms?


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Cal
- 537 days ago - motherjones.com
This week, President Obama is making his first major visit to Africa since taking office. One topic that's likely high on his agenda: US investment in African agriculture.



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jeanne schreurs (208)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 10:27 am
Promoted by Gates Foundation and Monsanto??
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 11:55 am
well i hope its going to help them
 

Justin C. (0)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 11:55 am
African farms are being bought up by China and foreign investors to meet the food demand of population growth. It's a potential Pandora's box for future political conflicts.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 12:47 pm
Please re-read the article, no Carol it's not going to help the African countries. This administration is looking to use and abuse them for profit.
 

Carol H. (229)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 1:13 pm
noted, GMO maybe????
 

pam w. (191)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 1:49 pm
Allan...you'd complain if you had an orgasm.
 

Jaime A. (35)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 2:35 pm
Noted, thanks.!!
 

lee e. (114)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 2:41 pm
Let them die fed! I guess that's the new attitude of the oligarchy and the plutocrats - we'll be next - if we aren't already!
 

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 3:14 pm
Maybe he is friend with Nelson Mandela : ) ? Who knows.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 4:09 pm
Thank you for the news.
 

Eternal Gardener (761)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 6:47 pm

Sounds like they are looking for new GM experimental grounds and in general doing more harm than good!

"the world's farmers should focus less on growing more food, and more on growing higher quality food with fewer inputs, thereby enriching the soil instead of depleting it with chemicals. As Herren told my colleague Tom Philpott recently, in gross terms, the world already grows enough food today to feed the world two times over." Hear, hear... couldn't agree more!
 

ellen m. (222)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 1:50 am
@Jeanne S - that was my first thought eafter just reading the headline!
 

ellen m. (222)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 1:54 am
LOL! Thanks for that laugh pam :-)



 

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 4:13 am
Allan, it's easy headlines, and as Pam demonstrates people don't read the stories, facts are just a nuisance.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 4:15 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 11:46 am
If General Mills and Pepsico are involved then Monsanto and the others aren't far behind and neither are the Chinese.
Some of the world's farmer in India and Africa have found greater yields through variety; traditional methods; adaptation and improvisation. The rest of us should be looking at them and not GMOs or the palm oil barons.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 12:43 pm
Having sucked the life blood out of their respective home countries, all are or will soon be involved in new markets to exploit for profit. Turns out we're our own worst enemies. The greater good's been sold for a buck.
 

Mary Soto (1)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 1:00 pm
they want to destroy all for greed, it greed going make you happy MONSANTO AND BILL GATES IF SO, MANY ON EARTH BE MY GUESS TO DIE ALREADY

 

Birgit W. (152)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 1:31 pm
Noted.
 

Barbara V. (51)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 1:32 pm
Leave Monsanto out of it.

World population growth? That's for sure! How much longer is the planet going to put up with our stupidity before it finally rebels?
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 2:14 pm
Covetous avarice; nothing more.
 

Brian M. (202)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 4:39 pm
Why is the government interested in Africa? Why is it building bases and posting troops in Africa? Why is it flying drones over African skies? Why is it providing training and weapons to groups that appear to be destabilizing nations on that continent. In a word, EXPLOITATION.

Don't be surprised when the very next war that our leaders start is in Africa. As part of the corporate agenda that drives both of the dominant political parties, the government has its eye on the mineral and oil resources of Africa. There is also a big drive to basically steal the land out from under the African people in order to grow food crops for the US and for export to other nations. Some of these crops may turn out to be GMO. Meanwhile, none of this food will be provided to Africans, so the outbreak of increasingly worse famines is likely.
 

june t. (66)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 4:53 pm
It seems to be rather self serving, and ultimately the hungry probably won't benefit from this since they won't be able to afford food in the future any more than they can now.
 

Constance F. (431)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 9:25 pm
Uggh ! And you can add that the majority of the crops of grain in this country are grown to feed animals taken to slaughter ~ crops that could feed people here and in other countries. HOW DISGUSTING. so there's your big concern about hunger. BS !
 

Mark Botermuc (27)
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:18 am
I agree wit you Constance F . Thank you ...
 

Lona Goudswaard (79)
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:47 am
Noted. Under the guise of aid poor, starving people are only further exploited and the market for companies like Monsanto is further expanded. Gross.
 

Herbert E. (10)
Monday July 1, 2013, 6:28 am
No good will come to Africa when big corporations buy up lands there. Africans will starve to death, who cares ? Not the biggies !
 

Shanti S. (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:52 pm
Thank you.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 4:57 pm
I hope it is for a good reason
 
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