A reader, Leah Pressman, left this Feedback message this morning:
She sends a link to the story in the New York Times.
The world food prize foundation awarded [this year's prize] to several scientists on the teams working for Monsanto who figured out how to make genetically modified crops.
I am stunned by this and eagerly await your comments. The Times eventually mentions (see continuation) that “the foundation that administers the prize has received[...]a 5 million dollar contribution from Monsanto” among other corporations.
The World Food Prize is about agricultural productivity and has always favored industrial methods. Monsanto produces by industrial methods.
As I keep saying, when it comes to food politics, you can’t make this stuff up.
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Andersen. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Andersen at 2:25 p.m. For the schedule and details, click here.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”