In a series of posts, U.S. Right to Know examines Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation’s efforts to remake our food system. Why focus on Bill Gates? He has an extraordinary amount of power over agricultural development policies and he is using it to benefit corporate interests and promote novel technofoods with troubling risks for human health and the environment.
Gates is a leading investor in biotechnology companies that patent food. He is the largest owner of farmland in the United States. His $50 billion tax-exempt foundation influences policies, research agendas and public spending priorities that guide development of food systems, especially in Africa. Many critics have said these programs elevate corporate power, harm small farmers and local communities, and worsen food insecurity. Read our reporting for details and documentation of these concerns.