Posted by: cindydyer | January 23, 2010

The Second Green Revolution

Des Moines, Iowa, USA–-In October 2009, the Borlaug Dialogue and the World Food Prize Foundation hosted the annual World Food Prize. The World Food Prize Laureate is Dr. Gebisa Ejeta of Ethiopia for his discovery of a hybrid species of sorghum that is resistant to drought.

Happy Tonics was attending the 13th Annual Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) Conference in Des Moines at the time this event took place. Right: Windfarms in Iowa, a sustainable energy source

Bill Gates spoke at the Borlaug Dialogue event. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated a grant of $120 million to the “Second Green Revolution.” The money is being given to Africa in part to grow drought hardy corn that 300 million Africans are dependent upon. Gates said the grant will be used in part to train African growers in the science of biotechnology. You can listen to Bill Gates speech at

Collaborative efforts are ongoing between Monsanto and the Federal Government and the decision is to allow genetic engineered crops to combat world hunger in developing poor countries.

Monsanto, with approval of governmental partners including the White House, USDA Secretary Vilsack and Dr. Rajiv Shah, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will seek to plant genetically modified wheat in Africa. Africa is besieged with environmental threats to their wheat crop due to drought and disease. Wheat is one of the four most important crops in the world. Above: Atteendees at CFSC conference talking about the other side of food security

Happy Tonics supports local grown and sustainable agriculture. Nonetheless, we believe that the public needs to be aware that GMOs are on the rise around the world and especially in poor countries.



  1. Thanks for your post. It’s sad that GMO’s are the first thing forced on struggling countries. Strange to me that after 180,000 farmer suicides in India that any government would suggest or accept GMO’s as a ‘way to help’. Seems more like a way to destroy.

    Not sure if you’re aware that a couple weeks ago Michael Taylor, former Monsanto executive, was appointed to head of the FDA 😦

  2. Kiesha, our biggest asset is that we have the knowledge to pass on the good food movement and sustainability in the midst of climate change and the dreadful march towards GMOs around the world, especially in poor countries.

    Vandana Shiva of India let the world know that it is a travesty to let poor farmers face financial ruin because of being forced to grow GMO crops.

    Yes, we know that Michael Taylor, former Monsanto executive, was appointed to head the FDA. Sad to say, the deck is stacked.

    We must support local grown in our own communities and help our own neighbors. Brighter Planet approved Happy Tonics in its grant proposal Climate Change Native Habitat and Community Garden Shell Lake. We hope you will REGISTER and VOTE Feb 1 – 15 to let people know you support our conservation work in Wisconsin at

    Please help us garner support by telling your friends about our cause for VOTES through the social network. Thank you for responding to this blog.

    Let us keep a stiff upper chin and carry on promoting sustainability. Best wishes, Mary Ellen

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