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Vatican newspaper raps Gates Foundation, Nestle for exploiting needy women

July 30, 2012

The Vatican newspaper has published an editorial sharply criticizing international foundations and corporations that promote contraception in the Third World. The editorial specifically targets the Gates Foundation and Nestle Corporation.

Melinda Gates is “slight off the mark and confused” in her advocacy, argues the editorial, signed by Giulia Galeotti. L’Osservatore Romano says that the wife of software czar Bill Gates is badly informed, and her efforts will enrich pharmaceutical companies more than it helps needy women.

L’Osservatore is much harsher in its treatment of Nestle, charging that the multinational “notoriously and in a cunning and improper manner” supplied women in Africa with free dry milk packages, designed to last until new mothers lost their own ability to produce milk and became dependent on the dried product. “A need was therefore created in the name of charity and with profit in mind,” the newspaper said.


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