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.