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The World Food Prize Jumps the Shark

In a move that has disturbed many anti-hunger advocates and global leaders, last week the World Food Prize—often known as the Nobel prize for food and agriculture—placed itself decidedly out of step with the international community’s assessment about agricultural biotechnology and the proven approach to promoting nutrition and sustainability by awarding this year’s Prize to three chemical company executives, including Monsanto executive vice president and chief technology officer, Robert Fraley.

The True Deservers of a Food Prize

Mark Bittman's response to the announcement that Monsanto and other biotech "pioneers" were awarded this year's World Food Prize. Hunger represents inequality: there are no hungry people with money. Alleviating hunger, in part, is recognizing that the right to eat is equivalent to the right to breathe, which trumps the right to make profits. The real heroes in the world of food are those who recognize this, and who work to improve the kind of low-input agriculture upon which the majority of the world’s people — and the vast majority of farmers — rely. There are hundreds of people deserving of “prizes” for this kind of work. The bigwigs at Monsanto are not among them.

Hey, Non-GMO Activist: Monsanto’s CEO Thinks You’re an Elitist

Despite biotech’s attempts at mythmaking, GMOs aren’t making the world a better place. On May 25, 2013, tens of thousands of people in 36 countries participated in a global “March Against Monsanto.” But according to Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant, those who protest against agricultural genetic engineering—including the farmers, students, academics, and more who turned out in March—are “elitists,” fomenting distrust of technology that could save the lives of millions of hungry people. Is he right?