18 Jan '14, 2pm

How Bill Gates’ Plan to Help Poor Africans Will Torture Birds

Helping small-scale farmers in impoverished parts of southern Africa to increase their incomes should be a warm fuzzy good thing, which is probably why the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation signed on to support it. The bad news is that the higher incomes will result in misery for birds and environmental destruction. The farmers targeted for help don’t even deal in chickens. They grow soy, or are being encouraged to. The chicken connection is that the small farmers are being groomed to supply the growing factory farm industry with food for chickens destined for KFC buckets. Sitting at the top of what the organizers call a “soy value chain” is KFC, which is spreading across Africa. Alex Park reports in Mother Jones that the company has more than 750 locations in sub-Saharan Africa, where its food is an expensive status symbol, and is pushing northward. Africa’s growing middle ...

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