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Monsanto Exec Receives World Food Prize For Pioneering GMO Research

June 20, 2013 by  

Robert Fraley, the Chief Technology Officer for Monsanto Corporation, has been named as one of three recipients of the World Food Prize, an honor commonly referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize’ of the agricultural world.

Fraley received the award for “independent, individual breakthrough achievements in founding, developing and applying modern agricultural biotechnology,” according to World Food Prize Foundation president Kenneth Quinn.

The U.S.-based World Food Prize Foundation advocates for the development of genetically-modified foods (GMOs). GMOs are still not approved for use in Europe, although prize co-winner Marc Van Montgau, a Belgian, said he believes his award will help “pave the way for Europe to embrace the benefits of this technology, a global condition of transgenic plants.”

Fraley and the other honorees will receive a $250,000 cash award.

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Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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