Gates Foundation announces grants, including for pharma tomatoes
Blithe tomato: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced its second round of grants for global health research. Among the 81 projects is a $100,000 grant for creating a tomato to deliver antiviral drugs. (Because really, why wouldn't you want to develop something like that in a food crop?) Meanwhile, in a speech at a water conference in Nebraska, CEO Jeff Raikes said the foundation will spend $73 million over the next five years to help small farmers in impoverished countries. Let's hope it's for things like improving soil fertility so as to be able to feed their own areas, not growing expensive, patented, potentially dangerous seeds. (Seattle Times Newspaper)
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