Global shock and outrage about World Food Prize being awarded to GMO executives
81 Recipients of the Right Livelihood Award and Members of the World Future Council condemn the selection of GMO scientists and biotech company executives as winners of the World Food Prize.
On June 19th, the winners of the 2013 World Food Prize were announced. The prize goes to three executives of biotech companies, including Monsanto executive vice president and chief technology officer, Robert Fraley.
Scientists and activists throughout the world collectively express their shock over the selection of winners:
Global food expert and Right Livelihood Award Recipient Vandana Shiva from India says: “Not only are GMOs unsafe, they are destroying biodiversity, increasing farmers’ dependency on seed and chemicals and leading to the emergence of super pests and super weeds. This is a recipe for food insecurity and non sustainability.”
Frances Moore Lappé (USA), Right Livelihood Award Recipient and bestselling author of „Diet for a small planet“ comments: “The honorees of the World Food Prize are contributing to the problems that keep us locked in a world where hundreds of millions of people are hungry while there is plenty of food”.
81 Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award and Members of the World Future Council jointly condemn this year’s choice of the World Food Prize Jury in a statement originally published on the Huffington Post.
They say: “The choice of the 2013 World Food Prize is an affront to the growing international consensus on safe, ecological farming practices that have been scientifically proven to promote nutrition and sustainability. Many governments have rejected GMOs and as many as two million citizens in 52 countries recently marched in opposition to GMOs. In living democracies, discounting this knowledge and these many voices is not acceptable.“
About the Right Livelihood Award
The Right Livelihood Award was established in 1980 to honour and support those “offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today”. It has become widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ and there are now 149 Laureates from 62 countries. The annual Award Ceremony takes place in the Swedish Parliament Building in December, with support by parliamentarians from all established political parties.
The Right Livelihood Award Foundation is based in Stockholm, Sweden. The prize is financed by individual donors.