Bravo, Guardian!

Guardian takes on the Gates Foundation, asking a few direct questions – 

The foundation has never been upfront about its vision for agriculture in the world’s poorest countries, nor the role of controversial technologies like GM. But perhaps it could start the debate here?

In the meantime, it could tell us how many of its senior agricultural staff used to work for Monsanto or Cargill

This is John Vidal writing in Guardian’s new development blog – 

Poverty matters blog
Taking on the state is the rightful duty of the press; taking on corporations happens less often (especially when not tipped off by a rival); but taking on a sponsor is almost unheard of…especially in this age of paid news

Of course there will be responses from the foundation; explanations by sector experts; debates among scientists, environmentalists; economists and other activists…But for now, bravo!


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