In a move that has angered and disgusted many food advocates and scientists, a Monsanto executive has been give the “Nobel Prize of Agriculture” by the World Food Prize Foundation.
Is this really such a shock, really? I would not coin this as a shock as disgusting as it is, but as a sad reality of the times. This is once again the old adage that money talks and money corrupts. The World Food Prize Foundation decided to give its top award to Monsanto executive Robert Fraley and others for their work in creating the process of genetically-modifying organisms (GMOs).
Was it the outstanding and undeniable, unrefuted scientific research that has been conducted on GMOs? Was it the large sums of money that this supposed prestigious organization receives from the likes of Monsanto that governs their choices?
In 2008, as sited in the Vancouver Sun, Monsanto made a $5 million pledge to the World Food Prize Foundation, and has continued to pour money into this foundation. So please, go ahead and tell me its not about the money.
In protest, 81 Councilors of the World Future Council have penned a statement blasting the World Food Prize Foundation for betraying its purpose. View the statement below:
“GMO seeds reinforce a model of farming that undermines sustainability of cash-poor farmers, who make up most of the world’s hungry… The most dramatic impact of such dependency is in India, where 270,000 farmers, many trapped in debt for buying seeds and chemicals, committed suicide between 1995 and 2012.” Powerful words but just words.
The World Food Prize Foundation, is not interested in the science, or in the views of the scientific world, or anyone else who would oppose their benefactors. Mind you I am sure if this letter had attached to it a $5 million dollar donation, it might have caught their attention.
You are on your own
We live in a world where you must do your own research and make your own decisions. Over and over these supposed prestigious organizations have and continue to show their true colours. You are the one who has to live with your decisions, if you can live with what you choose to believe and accept then all is good for you.
For me this is more a betrayal of the public trust and in a just world it should spell the doom of this organization. Personally I have learned long ago that most organizations liek these are about the money, the award and the organization has shown that it is and can easlity be corrupted or at the very least influenced, or hood winked. Unfortunately to those who do follow and believe in such organizations and awards, this is a most disturbing message that they are being given.