Monsanto & Syngenta executives will soon be rewarded with
The World Food Prize,
a prestigious award known as "the Nobel Prize of agriculture."
Tell The World Food Prize Foundation not to reward these awful companies.
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In an obscene development,
a Monsanto executive is winning this year’s “Nobel Prize of agriculture” -- the prestigious
World Food Prize -- for creating GMOs.
Receiving it legitimizes the sort of rampant genetic modification Monsanto pioneered,
and helps validate a ruthless business model that impoverishes farmers and monopolizes
If that wasn't baffling enough,
the founder of Syngenta, the same biotech giant joining Bayer in suing
keep selling bee-killing pesticides, will also win the prize
-- and with it, a share of the $250,000 prize money. We cannot allow this prize
to legitimize frankenfoods and bee killers.
The ceremony is in just over a week, so we need to act now.
Tell the World Food Prize Foundation not to reward Monsanto and bee-killer Syngenta’s outrageous practices.
Winning this prize will encourage the wider use of genetically engineered crops
and be a huge obstacle to those fighting to investigate the long-term effects of
its frankenseeds --
which is exactly what Monsanto wants
. In 2008, Monsanto made a $5 million pledge to the World Food Prize Foundation,
part of its plan to buy the credibility it can’t legitimately earn. By handing its
benefactor this award,
the Foundation risks undermining the credibility of the most respected prize in agriculture.
81 Councilors of the World Future Council have penned a statement blasting the World
Food Prize Foundation for betraying its purpose
. In the words of the esteemed authors: “GMO seeds reinforce a model of farming that
undermines sustainability of cash-poor farmers, who make up most of the world's hungry…
The most dramatic impact of such dependency is in
, where 270,000 farmers, many India
trapped in debt for buying seeds and chemicals, committed suicide between 1995 and
Despite the criticism, Monsanto and Syngenta executives are set to receive their
prize on World Food Day, October 16 -- a slap in the face to everyone harmed by their
We don’t have much time, so we need to publicize this obscene decision -- if enough
of us get word of this out, and let people know the World Food Prize is threatening
its reputation, we can shame it into choosing a more suitable candidate.
Genetically-modified crops do not deserve the highest praise. Don’t reward Monsanto and Syngenta.
Thanks for all that you do,
Claiborne and the rest of us.
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And The Winner Of The World Food Prize Is ... The Man From Monsanto
, NPR, 19 June 2013
Choice of Monsanto Betrays World Food Prize Purpose, Say Global Leaders
, NPR, 26 June 2013
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