And the award goes to…Monsanto?
This year’s World Food Prize—a prize dedicated to furthering a “nutritious and sustainable food supply”—will be awarded to top executives at Monsanto and Syngenta for creating GE crops. GE crops are about feeding the profits of biotech giants, not the world’s hungry.
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I am deeply disturbed that the World Food Prize Foundation is allowing this year’s Prize to be given to executives from chemical-biotechnology companies Monsanto and Syngenta. Giving undue accolades to corporate donors who do nothing to further the Prize’s goal of a “nutritious and sustainable food supply” undermines the credibility of the Prize, and supports a type of industrial agriculture that goes against its founding principles. Genetically engineered (GE) crops are all about feeding the profits of biotech giants, not the world’s hungry.
With this award, the World Food Prize is perpetuating the false notion that genetically engineered crops are a solution to world hunger and malnutrition. This kind of biotech propaganda has obscured the huge potential of low-cost agroecological and organic techniques to increase food production and alleviate hunger in developing countries. Awarding the World Food Prize to these biotech giants only serves to divert attention from these truly ‘nutritious and sustainable’ approaches.