Monsanto Executive wins World Food Prize 2013
‘Though not nearly as high profile, the annual World Food Prize award is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize” for agriculture, and this year’s winners – scientists with key roles in developing genetically engineered crops – may bring unwanted attention.
On Wednesday, the winners of the World Food Prize were announced at the US State Department, with Secretary of State John Kerry in attendance. This year’s award will be shared among three scientists: Marc Van Montagu, Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert Fraley, all pioneers in agricultural biotechnology.
Fraley is currently the chief technology officer at biotech giant Monsanto, while Mary-Dell Chilton is the founder of Syngenta Biotechnology, another prominent biotech company. In awarding the prize, which comes along with a $250,000 cash award, the Iowa-based World Food Prize Foundation reasons that genetically modified crops offer higher yields, and are more resilient to pestilence and adverse weather.’ – Read more here.
There comes a time when we have to truly expect more from organisations who are awarding such prizes. Amidst fiels of controversy, truck-loads of scientific evidence stacking up against GMOs and huge public out-cry in recent months with millions of people throughout the world marching against bio-tech giant Monsanto, you would really think that a prestigious prize such as the ‘World Food Prize’ would go to people who are doing more deserving work.
In my opinion this can fit into the same category as when US President Obama received a Nobel Peace Prize, despite perpetual war efforts in more countries than I care to list, condoning of drone strikes on US citizens and continuing the past presidency’s interminable stripping of civil liberty of US citizens through his passing of the NDAA. Now, without wanting to go too much into this topic, surely there is someone worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize who is not killing so many people, right?
The same could be said for this years ‘World Food Prize’. Surely there are candidates significantly more deserving. For example, what about people like Allan Savory, who is turning desert wastelands (much like the ones being caused today through monoculture and use of synthetic fertilizers produced by companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta) back into productive, thriving farm-land. Creating higher yields of food whilst at the same time healing the land, and all without the use of GMOs and harmful chemicals. – Read more about Allan’s work here.
If prizes such as The World Food Prize are to be respected by the people, then surely those who win the prize should also be respected by the people. Should there come a time when we actually begin awarding prizes for hypocrisy, environmental and social destruction, then by all means allow Marc Van Montagu, Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert Fraley step forward to claim their prize with whatever sense of dignity they can muster for themselves. Until that time, shame on the ‘World Food Prize’ for caring so little about the future of our planet.