This will unhinge the green taliban

Just a few weeks ago the green taliban were mounting 5 person protests against Monsanto.

They won’t at all be pleased with this news.

When it comes to agriculture, the World Food Prize is the equivalent of the Oscars.

This year, the prestigious award went the mastermind behind Monsanto’s big move into genetically modified crops. In foodie terms, that is like a commercial blockbuster winning best picture rather than an independent, artsy film.

Started in 1987, the prize aims to recognize people who improve the “quality, quantity or availability” of food in the world. The founder of the award, Norman E. Borlaug, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 as the father of the Green Revolution, which vastly increased grain output. 

On Wednesday the World Food Prize Foundation said the honor and the $250,000 cash prize would be shared by Robert T. Fraley, Monsanto’s executive vice president and chief technology officer, and two other scientists, Marc Van Montagu of Belgium and Mary-Dell Chilton of the United States. The foundation said the work of the three scientists, who helped devise a way to insert foreign genes into plants, led to the development of higher-yielding crops that can resist insects, disease and extremes of climate.

The prize has some public relations value for Monsanto and other supporters of bioengineered food. But the choice is also likely to add heat to an already intense debate about the role biotechnology can play in combating world hunger.

  • PlanetOrphan

    This’ll give the “You are what you eat” people food for their delusion(s) M8!.

  • Lion_ess

    I wonder whether the World Food Prize is as deserved as the Nobel Peace Prize (awarded to Barack Obama in 2009).

  • Mediaan

    The thing to do is employ spies to watch and report what the senior Monsanto executives’ families are eating, then eat that.

    Never forget that there’s a powerful lobby that wants the world population reduced in some way by between a third and two-thirds. They don’t have the cosy companionable view of others in society that NZers often have.

    They think about people as either good, like them, or useless riff-raff to be got rid of.

    One of their efforts is eugenics, actively interfering in genetic lines. Another is the peddling of garbage foods which, in conjunction with spread diseases maybe, will kill a lot of useless eaters off.

    These chemical firms are very likely to be among the elitist us-and-them thinkers. Their associated companies, the oil companies and pharmaceutical companies, certainly are.

    • Goldie

      Mediaan: Do you wear a tin foil hat when you write this?

      • Lion_ess

        Yeah, I must wear the same hat. GMO – fill your boots.

  • Tamaki

    Cam your blog is now turning into a bitter and twisted rant entirely devoid of facts and logic.

    There are enough scientists against GM to suggest that there is an issues.

    Obama signing the Monsanto protection legislation speaks volumes.

    Notwithstanding this there are enough export opportunities avail to NZ to make it a huge opportunity.

    NZ best interests are to remain GM free, both from economic and health.

    • Travis Poulson

      “Cam your blog is now turning into a bitter and twisted rant entirely devoid of facts and logic.”

      looks like a quoted article from a third party to me.

      I’m not saying I agree with the post, but just to play the devils advocate in regards to part of your comment:

      “There are enough scientists against GM to suggest that there is an issues.”

      Trouble is, do we even believe them anymore? is it just as dangerous to listen to them as it is to ignore them? after all, “enough scientists” have been telling us the planet is warming when apparently it hasn’t been for the last 17 years.

    • Goldie

      “There are enough scientists against GM to suggest that there is an issues.”
      BS. The scientific evidence is utterly overwhelming that GM food is perfectly safe – indeed, because of lower pesticide use, it is if anything safer. We’ve been eating GM for years (do you ever eat bread – where does most of the flour come from?), and no ill effects.

      “Notwithstanding this there are enough export opportunities avail to NZ to make it a huge opportunity. NZ best interests are to remain GM free, both from economic and health.”
      OK – so why are NZ’s three biggest export industries – dairy, meat and forestry – so strongly in favour of GM? Tamaki claims that there is an economic benefit for being GM-free, yet the people actually doing the exporting and marketing overseas are strongly pro-GM!
      The market for GM-free food is limited to western Europe (Americans and Asian consumers overwhelmingly don’t have a problem with GM) and GM-free has a tiny premium even in the western European market. The idea that NZ could benefit economically from being GM-free is delusional.
      In any case, GM is already in NZ (imported dairy cattle feed). The likely GM crops – drought resistant rye-grass and pinus radiata – would have zero effect on people anyway (because humans don’t eat grass or pine trees), so opposition to GM is really bewildering.

  • Phil

    The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

    Unless he’s a Greenie.

    Then you can get there through his fanny.

  • Col

    If you want too know how well NZ is doing have a look at this.
    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2092.html

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