Is the World Food Prize Just a Fancy Way to Promote GMOs?

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Over 80 percent of the food consumed in the developing world is produced by small farms, so we might expect the World Food Prize, created to “emphasize the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people,” to reward the most innovative smallholder farmers. According to Eric Holt Gimenez, Executive Director of Food First, the prize has begun to do the opposite.

Though this year’s winner Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram has an impressive resume in his work with creating hybrid wheat varieties, Gimenez worries that this research will set the stage for more dominance of GMOs globally, which is not the route to go if we want to create the truly sustainable food supply that the World Food Prize is supposed to promote:

Even today the world produces 1.5 times enough food to feed every man, woman and child on the planet -- yet one billion poor people go hungry. They are mostly poor farmers, mostly women, and yet they produce 70 percent of the world's food. This is not a problem of productivity, but equity. To end hunger, the world needs a better distribution of food producing resources -- and a better deal in the market for farmers."

Read Gimenez’s whole argument at the link below.

PHOTO: 2014 World Food Prize Laureate, plant scientist Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram 

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