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[News] HP Pretends That Taking a Monopoly on 'Green' Ideas and Then 'Donating' It is Goodwill

  • Subject: [News] HP Pretends That Taking a Monopoly on 'Green' Ideas and Then 'Donating' It is Goodwill
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2010 14:37:54 +0100
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HP Donates Battery Recycling Patent To Eco Scheme

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| The World Business Council for Sustainable 
| Development (WBCSD) announced late last week 
| that HP will join the likes of IBM, Nokia and 
| Sony in making some of its patented 
| technology freely available under the Eco-
| Patent Commons scheme. The scheme, launched 
| in January 2008, is a joint effort between 
| the WBCSD and IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes and 
| Sony.



Kenya: Gates Foundation and Monsanto to Develop Genetically
Modified Seeds for Small Farmers

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| Many of the emotionally charged headlines
| that drive Africaâs food security debate
| are intricately connected to the critical
| and complex Kenyan seed industry: Kenya is
| the second largest seed consumer in sub-
| Saharan Africa, and a key driver of
| agricultural research on the continent. For
| decades, donors and private interests have
| been funneling millions of dollars into the
| Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
| (KARI), in an effort to develop new plant
| varieties that can repel pests, withstand
| disease and produce higher yields.
| KARI is now one of the main partners in a
| new programme funded by the Gates
| Foundation that will attempt to develop
| genetically modified (GM) maize that can
| withstand drought. The plan is to
| distribute the seeds to small farmers in
| Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania
| and Uganda. The technology is coming from
| Monsanto, the American corporate seed giant
| that does a lot of work for the Gates
| Foundation in Africa. Normally Monsantoâs
| patented seeds come at a high price, which
| has inspired an endless stream of vitriol
| from activists who accuse the company of
| exploiting poor farmers for obscene
| profits. This time, farmers will receive
| the seeds royalty free â indefinitely â as
| part of Gatesâ push for a âgreen
| revolutionâ in Africa.

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