Why focus on Bill Gates? Gates is the largest owner of farmland in the United States. He is a leading investor in biotechnology companies that patent food. His $50 billion tax-exempt foundation influences policies, research agendas and public spending priorities that guide development of food systems, especially in Africa. Critics argue these programs elevate corporate power, harm small farmers and worsen food insecurity. Our reporting and fact sheets document these 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