Tuesday was the last day of the 3-day annual conference of former President Bill Clinton's organization, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) — on the theme of "Designing for Impact," held in New York City at the time of the UN General Assembly heads of state sessions, as has been the case for several years.
While past CGI meetings were replete with green ideology and celebrity activists, this year left all that in the dust by presenting hardcore, imperial messages of depopulation, food control, and doom. This was shown most clearly in this morning's first plenary, titled, "The Future of Food," the very same title as Prince Charles' 2012 book, "On the Future of Food" (Rodale, February), a re-issue of an address he gave in Washington, D.C. in 2011. The food message was the standard royalist, genocidal drivel: resources are scarce, people must quit being wasteful; and poor, smallholder farmers can improve their lot by teaming up with big, nice multi-national companies.
The session was chaired by Rockefeller Foundation President, Judith Rodin. The three panelists were the Senior Vice President of the World Wildlife Fund, Jason Clay; Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods, one of the world's largest dairy processors; the Agriculture Minister of Nigeria, Akinwumi Adesina, who formerly worked at the Rockefeller Foundation under Rodin; and lastly, a U.S. restaurateur who specializes in how to donate uneaten restaurant food to poor people. The discussion was equivalent to that which would have been convened in London in the 1840s, by a panel of experts on how to improve the diet of the poor in Ireland, by having them spill less from their milk pails, and improve their nutrition by gathering wild berries.
WWF spokesman Jason Clay led off the 'future of food' discussion by raising overpopulation, saying that by 2050, there would be 9.4 billion people, and then by 2100, there would be over 10 billion, before population "peaks, then drops." He lamented that 80 countries are growing at a rate of 5% or more, and "we don't have an end in sight." Watch out, he said. In 2010, Russia banned wheat exports, which led to the Arab Spring. Today, four of the eight nations which produce 65 percent of the world's oilseeds are all hit by drought. We will see the results of that on the streets. The discussion then went downhill from there.
Over the three days, there were six plenary panels, and dozens of other kinds of sessions, all featuring prominent crooks from the privileged, financial-bail-out class, including dinners funded by Goldman Sachs, Barclays, et al.; Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs and Antony Jenkins, Group Chief Exec of Barclays were among the speakers, which included top executives from Deutsche Bank and the major global cartel mega-companies, including Wal-Mart, Mosaic (formerly a fertilizer division of Cargill), PepsiCo, Kraft, and others.
On Tuesday, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spoke. The closing session featured President Morsi of Egypt and Bill Clinton.
Mixing it up on this roster, were former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; UN Sec. Gen Ban Ki Moon; the presidents of Haiti, Malawi, and Mexico; Hillary Cliton and Timothy Geithner; and top execs of the World Bank, InterAmerican Development Bank, UNICEF, UN Industrial Development Organization, and numerous NGOs and foundations, including Skoll, Rockefeller, Bill & Melinda Gates, Ford, and MasterCard.
Among the conference sponsors were Barclays, the Ford Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Abraaj Capital, Credit Agricole, Shangri-La Industries, and more. More than enouhg to take your appetite away.