Dear Bill and Melinda Gates, and Foundation Directors:
It has recently been reported by United Poultry Concerns that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made aid donations enabling African farmers to grow soy for chicken feed for companies such as KFC. This is resulting in poorly bred birds, poor treatment of employees, as well as the export of intensive factory farming methods that are both harmful to humans and cruel to animals. Not to mention the health harms of bringing an Americanized diet to Africa (heart disease, diabetes, stroke, etc.).
We, the undersigned, understand that there must be a better way to go about development in Africa, while supporting the small-scale farmer. With Bill's commitment and excitement surrounding meat alternatives, shouldn't the foundation channel funds so farmers can produce food directly for human consumption, without having to rely on animals as a middle phase? Whether it is helping farmers make their own tofu, set up their own veggie restaurant stalls, or setting up mass production facilities to produce affordable meat analogues, surely this would be better for Africa in the long-run. Exporting our fast-food model, and supporting this through soy production, may seem expedient, but this American model isn't working to make Americans healthy and it certainly won't work to make Africans healthy.
We call on you to find a more ethical and sustainable model to support true development in Africa.
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