Why are we focusing on Bill Gates? Gates has enormous power over how food systems develop. He is one of the largest owners of farmland in the U.S. He is a leading investor in patented foods, crops and engineered animal experiments. His $50 billion tax-exempt foundation influences research agendas and public spending priorities that guide food system development, especially in Africa. Critics argue these programs are harming, not helping, poor farmers and food security. Our reporting and fact sheets document longstanding concerns.
Bill Gates’ menu for food systems: ultra processed foods, patents, monocrops
Bill Gates’ plans to remake food systems will harm the climate: here’s why
Our fact sheet compiles the many critiques of Gates Foundation’s agricultural development program